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Thursday 2 July 2020

Giving no quarter to illegal marron fishing in the past three months

Inland fisheries compliance officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) have been busting illegal marron fishers during April, May and June.

The marron season is limited to four weeks of fishing between Noon on 8 January and Noon on 5 February every year and it’s limited to that period in order to keep the fishery sustainable and keep the marron fishing experience possible for generations to come.

Anyone who fishes out of season is a threat to the fishery and patrols are conducted all year round to help ensure its sustainability.

All cases of illegal marron fishing are prosecuted by the department, with offenders facing fines of up to $5,000 for each offence and mandatory additional penalties of $50 for every illegally taken marron.

Any time day or night, weekday or weekend, DPIRD officers are on patrol or on surveillance operating off public information through direct local contact or via FishWatch to catch offenders.

On Thursday April 9th this year a Collie man was apprehended with 20 marron taken out of season at a South West dam near Collie. Apart from a fine he is facing an additional mandatory penalty of $1000.

Later in April, on Saturday the 25th, DPIRD compliance officers questioned a Bunbury man near Collie, who also faces prosecution for having three marron during the season closure, which had been taken from a dam in the area.

In a roadside search, when a Harvey man’s vehicle was stopped by DPIRD officers on Wednesday May 20th, he was found to have taken six marron out of season from a dam near Collie.

And, last month, on Saturday the 13th of June, a Northam man was apprehended with 66 marron illegally taken from a dam near Collie. What’s worse is that 53 of those marron were under the applicable minimum length. With the marron being undersize, the man faces two charges, maximum fines of up $10,000 plus additional mandatory penalties of $5950.

DPIRD compliance officers counting and measuring an illegal marron catch

DPIRD’s compliance manager for the Southern Region Russell Adams said that being unique, WA’s marron fishery had rules in place to protect it against illegal fishing pressure.

“Apart from our year-round fisheries compliance patrols, we also depend on community assistance and cooperation with Police and water authorities to ensure the marron fishery can be managed in sustainable way,” Mr Adams said. “We urge members of the community in the South West to report suspect fishing activity to FishWatch on 1800 815 507.”

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