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​The range of scopes extends several kilometres, so we can see how many lobsters are being pulled from pots...all without getting our feet wet.

Monday 21 November 2016

Fisheries Officers zoom in on pot interference

Technology has been the focus under Operation Bagana in the Midwest, as Fisheries and Marine Officers both warn and target offenders in relation to rock lobster fishing rules.

Fishers may have seen the highly-visible Variable Message Sign (VMS) around the region, which can be remotely programmed to display a variety of fishing messages and advice. This equipment is used to highlight key messages, including our ‘don’t risk your boat’ campaign.

It complements a high-profile seized vessel that is now being used in an education role at various boat ramps and other locations to remind people of the potential consequences of breaking the rules.

Less visible are our Fisheries and Marine Officers, who are specially trained in covert observations and use sophisticated surveillance equipment to monitor fishers’ activities on the water.

Our officers are using long range scopes linked to cameras to monitor fishers as they pull pots. Fishers pulling excess pots or interfering with gear that is not theirs are being targeted. 

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

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