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A Fisheries and Marine Officer inspects the illegal fishing hut with cooking gear inside.

Friday 28 April 2017

Fisheries officers close illegal fishing camp

​Fisheries and Marine Officers have thanked local fishers for reporting an illegal fishing camp near Carnarvon leading to its closure.

After receiving a complaint, the officers patrolled along Miaboolya Creek where they uncovered the camp concealed within mangroves inside the local Fish Habitat Protection Area.

The makeshift camp was well established with a raised floor, a corrugated iron roof and cooking equipment.

A large area of mangroves had been cleared to make way for the camp. 

The illegal fishing hut concealed within the mangroves.

A broader search of the area revealed a large quantity of cooked mud crab shells, many of which appeared to be undersize, as well as a cache of illegal haul nets and fish traps.

A net seized by the Fisheries officers.

A joint patrol was conducted with a Carnarvon Shire Ranger and the illegal camp was dismantled.

Fisheries officers expressed their thanks to fishers who report this kind of illegal activity, as it can have a dramatic effect on crab and fish stocks in the area.

Anyone who has information on illegal fishing activities is asked to call FishWatch on 1800 815 507.

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