Fisher cops $10,000 fine over crab catch
A FISHERMAN has been fined $10,000 and had his boat and trailer, valued at $7000, forfeited after being caught with a large number of undersized mud crabs that had been trapped in the Caboolture River.
Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Brett Depper said the penalties reflected the gravity of the offence.
"QBFP officers found 31 undersized male mud crabs and three mud crab claws when they executed three simultaneous search warrants in the Beachmere area in a joint operation with Brisbane Water Police," Mr Depper said.
The magistrate handed down the penalty in the Caboolture Magistrates Court after the defendant admitted he worked within the fishing industry and was well aware of the restrictions surrounding the taking of mud crabs.
"The Caboolture River is an important recreational and commercial fishing area and QBFP will continue to monitor the area at all times of the day and night," he said.
"We feel this penalty sends a strong message to crabbers to stick to the limits and do the right thing."
If you suspect illegal fishing, report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116. Don't engage the person, as this can compromise an investigation.