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Two bags full of abalone which were found dropped onto the reef
​Two mesh bags containing 132 Roe’s abalone and other items which were seized
Thursday 29 June 2017

Sanctuary zone abalone net a big fine for fisher

A fisher was fined nearly $15,000 after taking 132 Roe’s abalone during an illegal fishing trip in the Seal Island Sanctuary Zone near Rockingham.

The fisher was caught as the result of a joint operation between Department of Fisheries and Department of Parks and Wildlife officers, after being spotted fishing for abalone behind a rock on the southern side of Seal Island in the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park.

Ignoring commands from officers on a patrol vessel near to the shore, he walked away before being seen stashing two green mesh bags in a hole in the reef.

One of the officers swam ashore and quickly recovered the mesh bags, which on inspection were found to contain 132 Roe’s abalone and two turban shells. Twenty-eight of the abalone were undersize.

Abalone can only be taken by licenced fishers in the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park during the West Coast Zone abalone fishing season, but not in the sanctuary zones or Murray Reef at any time.

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

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