Fisherman exceeds bag limit, fined $600
A LISMORE fisherman has been hit with $600 in on-the-spot fines after allegedly catching more fish than allowed under NSW bag limits.
The Department of Primary Industries said the man was caught at Evans Head early yesterday with more snapper and teraglin allowed under bag limits.
“It is alleged that NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) fisheries officers apprehended the man at 3.30am at the Evans Head Boat ramp with 14 excess teraglin and five excess snapper,” NSW DPI fisheries compliance director Glenn Tritton said.
“The fish had been filleted and the offender allegedly discarded the illegal catch in shallow water on the boat ramp when approached by fisheries officers.
“Fisheries officers immediately retrieved the fillets and they will be held for evidence.
“Penalty notices have been issued to the person for exceeding the possession limit of fish and for filleting teraglin and snapper in contravention of the Fisheries Management Act 1994.
Teraglin had a size limit of 38cm and bag limit of five; snapper had a size limit of 30cm and a bag limit of 10. Mr Tritton warned the limits were rigidly enforced.
Mr Tritton said NSW DPI fisheries officers have been conducting a range of operations targeting illegal fishing in the Evans Head area including offences associated with the taking of fish in excess of prescribed bag limits.
“NSW DPI views the illegal taking of high value fish species for commercial gain as a serious offence and operations across the Far North Coast including the Evans Head area are ongoing.
“Responsible fishers and the general public are urged to report any illegal fishing activity to their local fisheries office or by calling the Fisher watch line on 1800 043 536.”