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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
Tuesday 14 September 2021

Blitz on rule breakers at Ningaloo

We have been working with local north-west communities to stamp out illegal fishing in the Ningaloo Marine Park, with our officers receiving positive feedback from the public, especially at roadside check points.

Public complaints about suspicious fishing activity and concerns around overfishing have been on the rise, and have led to Operation Aelton, with highly visible land and sea patrols, camp inspections and roadside checks around Exmouth and Coral Bay.

Over six days, 28 fishing offences were detected, and last month, our compliance officers achieved six successful prosecutions in one day in Exmouth Court.

The operation was geared-up to blitz the Ningaloo Marine Park and target rule breakers, as well as educate fishers on new statewide rules, gather intel on illegal activity and focus on the 18 Sanctuary Zones where fishing is not allowed.

Operation Aelton is a timely reminder that even though you are on holidays you need to abide by fishing rules. If you see anything suspicious, call FishWatch on 1800 815 507 and help ensure there will be fish for the future.

Read the full media release.

Last modified: 14/09/2021 1:03 PM

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