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​Fishers can expect serious consequences if they interfere with others' lobster pots.
Friday 28 April 2017

Rockingham court punishes fishing offenders with fines

A fisher has been ordered to pay a $1,200 fine for interfering with someone else's rock lobster pot.

The offence, committed in Warnbro Sound, was detected under Operation Bagana targeting rock lobster pot interference and related offences.

Although in this case the magistrate did not grant the forfeiture of the offender’s $4,500 dinghy, the conviction highlights that fishers can expect to face serious consequences if they touch gear that isn't their own.

In other cases before the court, arising from a roadside check-point on the Kwinana Freeway in December 2016, another fisher was ordered to pay $3,300 for being in possession of 44 undersize blue swimmer crabs, while another was fined a similar amount for being in possession of 42 undersize crabs.

Over the course of the December roadside ​check-point, officers inspected the catches of dozens of vehicles which resulted in 51 infringements, warnings and prosecutions.

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