Another fisherman fined for trespassing at harbour

ANOTHER fisherman has faced court and been fined for fishing from restricted land in Gladstone harbour.

John Glenn Berthelsen walked from a Gladstone courtroom in disgust after his simple pleasure to go fishing on a Sunday morning cost him $300.

Berthelsen pleaded guilty in the Magistrates Court to trespasssing at 7.45am on May 31 in Gladstone harbour at Yarwun.

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Keen fisherman Pacer Schefe was fined $250 last month after Gladstone Ports Corporation asked police to charge him for fishing from a restricted area at Fisherman's Landing.

Schefe, 36, had fished around Gladstone since he was a boy and said at the time it was "just wrong" that good fishing spots were being taken away.

Prosecutor Sgt Pepe Gangemi said the fisherman drove down Forest Rd, parked his ute off a dirt road, and walked around a Gladstone Port Corporation sign stating 'Trespasses Prosecuted'.

After getting over a fence he was seen fishing by a witness who told him to leave, but Berthelsen declined.

Again told to leave, he took his fishing gear and left.

Defence lawyer Jun Pepito said Berthelsen, 36, had fished there for many years, saying it was the best fishing spot.

Magistrate Penelope Hay said she understood fishing was dearly loved, but he could not go into restricted areas as some things could not be changed.



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