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Boat at sea with men pulling up lobster pots

Caught! Fisheries surveillance recorded the men interfering with other people’s lobster gear.

Thursday 23 November 2017

Illegal lobster fishing leads to heavy fines

A Mandurah recreational fisher has been fined more than $11,000 in court, after pulling a lobster pot registered to his wife several times and also for interfering with other pots that did not belong to him.

Fisheries officers observed the fisher with another man out on the water, near Blue Bay at Halls Head, and witnessed them pulling, setting and  interfering with nine lobster pots.

The other man involved in the offence was fined more than $4,500.

During the targeted surveillance of the vessel, in Blue Bay, another man was also observed pulling, setting or interfering with five rock lobster pots.

He was fined more than $2,000 for his offences.

It’s an offence for a person to pull or set a rock lobster pot, unless that fishing gear has the identification number unique to that person’s rock lobster licence.

WA’s fisheries are well managed and pots are marked clearly with unique floats and gear identification numbers, so there is no excuse for confusing one pot with another.

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

For more information see our recreational fishing rules.

You can also download our Recreational fishing for rock lobster guide.


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