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​Don't risk your boat - this vessel was seized last season and is being used in an educational role to highlight what can happen if you break the fishing rules.

Tuesday 1 November 2016

Recreational vessel seized following report to FishWatch

Fisheries and Marine Officers have seized a vessel under Operation Bagana for alleged interference with other fishers' rock lobster pots, south of Perth.

The alleged victim posted detailed information on social media and reported the interference to FishWatch, enabling Fisheries officers to investigate and take prompt action.

In recent weeks we have been using a seized vessel, forfeited last season after a prosecution, in an education role at boat ramps and other locations to highlight the potential consequences of breaking WA's fishing rules.

While we do monitor social media and use sophisticated surveillance methods around the clock, we encourage all fishers to report any suspected illegal activity to FishWatch on 1800 815 507.

WA’s aquatic resources are highly valued in our community and interference with another person’s gear or catch, selling recreational fish or other similar offences can result in penalties of up to $400,000, imprisonment for up to four years and forfeiture of boats, vehicles and equipment.

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