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A pile of illegal fish and marron traps scattered on a dirt road

​Fisheries Officers seized 22 traps during a vehicle inspection near Wellington Dam.

Wednesday 21 February 2018

Using illegal traps and fishing out of season for marron attracts big fines

​A vehicle inspection near Wellington Dam last year, in which a recreational fisher was caught with 22 traps and charged with fishing for marron in the closed season, resulted in him being fined almost $5,000.

He had set 22 traps the evening before the vehicle inspection, catching six marron from the Wellington Dam, which he cooked and consumed. The marron shells were destroyed by fire to avoid detection.

The fisher was stopped by Fisheries Officers leaving a camping area on 30 October 2017 and admitted that he was aware the use of traps to fish for marron was prohibited.

As well as the fines, he was ordered to forfeit the traps, marron and equipment.

The illegal use of traps in marron waters is potentially destructive to the environment as traps can catch and kill other aquatic marine life such as native water rats (Rakali) and long-neck turtles. 

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


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