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A diver holding a lobster while underwater

Taking lobsters in a marine protected area and obstructing Fisheries officers has cost a diver almost $3000.

Wednesday 29 August 2018

Man pays heavy fine for protected area fishing and obstruction

Fishers have been reminded to be aware of the fishing rules that apply to marine protected areas after a diver was fined for catching lobsters in a protected area off the west end of Rottnest Island.

The diver had surfaced within the West End Protected Area and placed a catch bag into a boat. When our officers approached his boat to inspect it, the man picked up the catch bag and jumped back in the water and released the catch.

The diver was found guilty in court of obstruction, fishing illegally in a marine protected area and not having a current recreational rock lobster fishing licence.

The court issued a $2,000 fine and ordered the diver to pay $750 as a mandatory additional penalty for the rock lobsters in his catch bag, as well as court costs. 

For more information see our recreational fishing rules.

You can also download our Recreational fishing guide in booklet size or the A4 print-friendly version.

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