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A number of large barramundi stacked in the hull of a small boat.
The use of haul and set nets is illegal across almost all waters in the Pilbara and Kimberley region.
Thursday 26 April 2018

North West netting offences land hefty fine

A Broome Court has issued a timely warning for fishers heading to the North West for the annual winter pilgrimage after a man was fined more than $5,000 for netting offences and for fishing without a net fishing licence.

The court was told that in June 2017 Fisheries Officers observed a fisher netting from a boat on the May River, near Derby, with a total of 11 barramundi taken.

All waters of the North Coast Bioregion, which includes the Pilbara/Kimberley, are closed to haul and set netting at all times. The only exception is haul netting in the waters of the Dampier Archipelago (with a net measuring no longer than 30 metres), where the only fish taken are either mullet or garfish.

Fisheries Officers also found the fisher was not the holder of a current recreational net fishing licence, which is required for throw, haul and set nets. Any other type of recreational net fishing is prohibited in WA.

The fisher was fined $500 for haul or set netting, with an additional penalty of $4,400, calculated at 10 times the value of the fish. He was also fined $500 for failing to hold a current net fishing licence.

Netting can be a very indiscriminate form of fishing. Kimberley estuarine systems are inhabited by sawfish, crocodiles, turtles, dugong and other protected species that can fall victim to illegal netting.

For more information see our recreational fishing rules or download our recreational net fishing guide.

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

Last modified: 30/04/2018 4:57 PM

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