Busted - The Illegal Fishing Thread

This is the main discussion forum for all general topics relating to kayaking or fishing.
BBY
Frother
Posts: 1528
Joined: Mon Aug 25, 2014 9:12 pm
Location: Half way up the pointy bit, where it goes "doonk" and in a bit.
Kayak:

Re: Busted - The Illegal Fishing Thread

Post by BBY » Tue Mar 31, 2015 7:19 am

(No longer relevant)
Last edited by BBY on Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:02 pm, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
sharknett
Barfly
Posts: 619
Joined: Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:41 pm
Location: Enmore NSW
Kayak: Adventure

Re: Busted - The Illegal Fishing Thread

Post by sharknett » Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:05 am

More excellent news

Five Sydney men have been convicted and charged with possessing prohibited size fish, having more than the possession limit of fish and master of the boat failing to prevent a serious fisheries offence.

The men were issued fines totalling $9,000 and now have criminal records.

DPI fisheries officers found the men in possession of 28 prohibited size Yellowtail Kingfish (pictured) at Tunks Park boat ramp in Cammeray, Sydney.

Fishermen on the water reported the illegal fishers via the Fishers Watch Phoneline. Already known to fisheries officers, the men were found and the illegally caught fish and boat was seized.

https://www.facebook.com/NSWDPIFisheries?fref=nf

BBY
Frother
Posts: 1528
Joined: Mon Aug 25, 2014 9:12 pm
Location: Half way up the pointy bit, where it goes "doonk" and in a bit.
Kayak:

Re: Busted - The Illegal Fishing Thread

Post by BBY » Wed May 13, 2015 6:34 am

(No longer relevant)
Last edited by BBY on Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:45 pm, edited 1 time in total.

User avatar
Trumpet1
Local
Posts: 324
Joined: Tue Aug 26, 2014 8:46 am
Location: Kalinga, Qld
Kayak: Hobie oasis

Re: Busted - The Illegal Fishing Thread

Post by Trumpet1 » Tue Jun 16, 2015 3:03 pm

Qld.

https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/services/new ... ins-seized

News release | 11-Jun-2015


Three recreational fishers were fined a total of $15,250 in Maryborough Magistrates Court yesterday for fisheries offences including possession of shark fins, undersized mud crabs, unmarked crab pots and commercial fishing nets.



The men were caught with the illegal haul while on a fishing holiday near Maryborough in April last year.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) district manager Greg Bowness said search warrants were executed simultaneously on a Boonooroo fishing shack and a Gympie residence following reports from members of the public.

"The search of the fishing shack uncovered 3206 shark fin from 641 sharks, 37 legal sized and 4 undersized live mud crabs, 3 undersized crab carapaces, 13 crabs' bodies without carapaces and 22 crab claws," Mr Bowness said.

"Six crab pots – four unmarked and two not marked appropriately – as well as two commercial fishing nets and two non-compliant mesh fishing nets were also found.

"An additional commercial fishing net was seized at the Gympie residence."

One fisher was fined $7750 for the shark fins, mud crabs, unmarked pots and illegal nets, and the other two fishers were fined $3750 each for the mud crabs and unmarked pots.

Mr Bowness said Queensland's fishing rules were in place to ensure the sustainability of our fisheries.

"In Queensland, mud crabs have a minimum size limit of 15 cm and a possession limit of 10 per person," he said.

"It is illegal to possess crabs with their carapace missing or claws without the rest of the crab unless it is for immediate consumption.

"For sharks, a maximum size limit of 1.5 m as well as a possession limit of one shark per person applies. The exceptions are great white sharks, grey nurse sharks, sawfish and speartooth sharks which are no-take.

"Shark finning is illegal in Queensland and strict rules are in place to prevent this cruel act, to provide protection to breeding adults and discourage any potential for black marketing of shark and their fins."

Mr Bowness said recreational fishers should be aware that it is illegal to possess or use commercial fishing apparatus without an appropriate licence.

"When fishing in tidal waters, recreational fishers are permitted to use seine or bait nets and cast nets," he said.

"A recreational seine or bait net must be no longer than 16 m in length and have a mesh size no greater than 28 mm. The drop in the net must be no more than 3 m, and it must not have a pocket or be fixed when used.

"A recreational cast net must be no more than 3.7 m in length and have a mesh size no greater than 28 mm.

"This is an extremely concerning case which shows complete disregard for our fisheries resources."

If you suspect illegal fishing, whether seen in person or online, report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116. Don't engage the person, as this can compromise an investigation. All information provided to the hotline will be prioritised based on potential fishery risks, accuracy and reliability with an appropriate response formulated.

For more information on Queensland fishing closures, visit http://www.fisheries.qld.gov.au, call 13 25 23 or download the free 'Qld Fishing' app from Apple and Google app stores.

Follow Fisheries Queensland on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram (@FisheriesQld).
Flathead 59 cm, bream 27 cm, Tailor 6 (yes six) cm,

User avatar
keza
Frother
Posts: 1832
Joined: Sun Aug 24, 2014 1:19 pm
Location: sydney
Kayak: Barracuda SoT Ultralight + OK Scupper Pro
Contact:

Re: Busted - The Illegal Fishing Thread

Post by keza » Tue Jun 16, 2015 3:10 pm

Wouldn't the fins be worth far more than he was fined ? Not sure that the fine was much of a deterrent, I think prison time would be in order for that sort of crime.
kerry
http://www.kerrywilson.net http://www.kerrywilson.net/blog instagram: kerrywi1son

yak pb's
kingfish 90cm, cobia 124cm flathead 65cm, snapper 80cm, salmon 63cm, trev 56cm, barracouta 75cm, YFT 65cm, spanish 20cm, hairtail 156cm, bonito 68cm, spotty 85cm, tailor 55cm, LTT 101cm, shark 2.5m

User avatar
Trumpet1
Local
Posts: 324
Joined: Tue Aug 26, 2014 8:46 am
Location: Kalinga, Qld
Kayak: Hobie oasis

Re: Busted - The Illegal Fishing Thread

Post by Trumpet1 » Tue Jun 16, 2015 3:24 pm

I'd expect so but I have no idea. I was suprised at how many fins they had. That's a lot of sharks no longer swimming about.
Flathead 59 cm, bream 27 cm, Tailor 6 (yes six) cm,

User avatar
zed
Frother
Posts: 1854
Joined: Mon Aug 25, 2014 12:59 am
Location: SoCal, USA
Kayak: OK P13

Re: Busted - The Illegal Fishing Thread

Post by zed » Tue Jun 16, 2015 3:28 pm

It does seem like they might just need to "work" a bit harder to recup that loss.
"Please note that you cannot ignore moderators or administrators."
💩

User avatar
Fishane
Frother
Posts: 1161
Joined: Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:36 am
Location: Melbourne
Kayak: PA14 AI and Quest

Re: Busted - The Illegal Fishing Thread

Post by Fishane » Tue Jun 16, 2015 3:39 pm

Four fisherman fined $37,000 for exceeding the possession limit for Southern Bluefin Tuna. The limits are 2 whole fish per person or a maximum of 160kg. The irony is if they'd filleted their catch and only left a maximum of 2 whole fish per person then they would have been legal.

FOUR Melbourne fishermen pulled over by fisheries officers in Warrnambool after taking almost double the allowable number of tuna in Portland have been fined $37,000.

Loc Trinh, of Noble Park, Linh Hien Nguyen, 52, Tuan Nguyen, 39, and Si Quang Phan, 36, all pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court this week to possessing a commercial quantity of southern bluefin tuna.

Magistrate John Lesser did not impose convictions and rejected a forfeiture application for Trinh’s $55,000 boat but imposed a $10,000 fine on the skipper and $9000 each for the other three men.

They were each also ordered to pay $500 costs and were banned from fishing for 12 months.

Mr Lesser said southern bluefin tuna required protection, shown by the maximum penalty for the offence of five years’ imprisonment.

However, he said the case was not at the higher end of the scale, the men had no prior court appearances, were all employed and contributing members of the community.

Fisheries prosecutor Anthony Burns said the southern bluefin tuna was a priority species and the charges the men faced were among the most serious in the Fisheries Act.

He said southern bluefin tuna were a highly sought after, vulnerable species and the bag limit was set at two fish per angler, or 160 kilograms of fillets.

The court was told the four defendants travelled in two vehicles to Portland on June 7 last year.

They went fishing offshore the next morning about 6am, returning to the boat ramp about 2.30pm, where they were approached by fisheries officers.

There were five men on the boat and they had their catch limit of 10 southern bluefin tuna.

Fisheries officers explained and reiterated the possession limit and stressed that the fishermen could not have any more whole fish carcasses.

The fishermen went out again about 6am the next day and caught more tuna, returning to Portland about 3pm. They loaded a silver Holden utility with the fish, left Portland and were intercepted by fisheries officers near Dennington at 6.20pm.

The officers found tuna fillets and 23 whole southern bluefin tuna — 11 more than the six-person fishing party was allowed. The officers seized the excess tuna, the utility and the $55,000 boat.

Defence counsel David Cronin said if the men had filleted the catch after the first day they would not have breached fishing laws, but it had been cold, wet and the fishermen were tired.

He said seven southern bluefin tuna were also given to the men by a friend “Danny”, who had declined to get involved in the court case.

Mr Cronin said the men had planned to take the fish home to share with family and friends, to show off the whole fish and to use the heads as part of Vietnamese cooking.

He said the high maximum penalties had been an eye-opener for his clients. They had learnt a significant lesson and were unlikely to come before the court again, he said.

User avatar
stealthfisha
Legend
Posts: 3274
Joined: Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:29 am
Location: QUEENSLANDER... trapped in SA!
Kayak: STEALTH PROFISHA 525

Re: Busted - The Illegal Fishing Thread

Post by stealthfisha » Tue Jun 16, 2015 4:06 pm

Man....thats is hard core....so fined heavily due to a technicality?....seems not right?

User avatar
Gbc
Barfly
Posts: 556
Joined: Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:03 am
Location: Camp Hill
Kayak: Paddleyak Kingfisher
Rosco canadian
Emotion Exhilarator

Re: Busted - The Illegal Fishing Thread

Post by Gbc » Tue Jun 16, 2015 5:30 pm

Shamateurs supplying the restaurant trade more likely and fisheries knew it, hence trying to impound the boat as well.

User avatar
stealthfisha
Legend
Posts: 3274
Joined: Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:29 am
Location: QUEENSLANDER... trapped in SA!
Kayak: STEALTH PROFISHA 525

Re: Busted - The Illegal Fishing Thread

Post by stealthfisha » Tue Jun 16, 2015 6:12 pm

Oh snap!..thanks mate
I was wondering why fisheries had gone to such lengths too....the plea of mitigation kinda said it all...."family and friends".....

BBY
Frother
Posts: 1528
Joined: Mon Aug 25, 2014 9:12 pm
Location: Half way up the pointy bit, where it goes "doonk" and in a bit.
Kayak:

Re: Busted - The Illegal Fishing Thread

Post by BBY » Tue Jun 16, 2015 8:09 pm

Deserve what they got. They were given a clear warning the day before about how many whole fish they could have in their possession and they either didn't count or chose to ignore the warning, fair game in my book.

User avatar
stealthfisha
Legend
Posts: 3274
Joined: Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:29 am
Location: QUEENSLANDER... trapped in SA!
Kayak: STEALTH PROFISHA 525

Re: Busted - The Illegal Fishing Thread

Post by stealthfisha » Tue Jun 16, 2015 9:58 pm

BBY wrote:Deserve what they got. They were given a clear warning the day before about how many whole fish they could have in their possession and they either didn't count or chose to ignore the warning, fair game in my book.
Yep...agreed...i was trying to be cynical...

davida
Active member
Posts: 10
Joined: Mon Oct 13, 2014 10:51 am
Location: Adelaide, S.A.
Kayak: Hobie PA12

Re: Busted - The Illegal Fishing Thread

Post by davida » Thu Jun 18, 2015 5:50 pm

And another one from Victoria. The mention of these guys riding around on bikes has elements of Keystone Cops to it........

Abalone theives convicted and fined
A Korumburra magistrate has told two abalone thieves they only dodged jail because of their guilty pleas, before fining them a total of $12,500.
The men, aged 60 from Foster and 36 from Doncaster East, were seen taking abalone from Chicken Rock, in Waratah Bay, in December last year.
The court heard plain-clothes Fisheries Officers watched them as they rode bikes to Chicken Rock.
They began riding back towards Waratah Bay and were approached by officers, but did a U-turn and rode off at speed when asked to stop. They hid one bag of abalone, the bikes and two wetsuits in the bush. A second bag of abalone was thrown into the water. After several hours hiding the men returned on foot to their car, but were later intercepted by Police before Fisheries Officers arrived and arrested them.
Both men pleaded guilty to obstruction of Fisheries Officers, failing to obey a direction to stop a vehicle, taking more than twice the abalone catch limit and shucking abalone.
The Foster man, who had prior fisheries convictions, was convicted and fined $8,000 with costs. The other man was fined $4,500 with costs. All property was ordered forfeited and to be disposed of.
Learn more about abalone catch limits here http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/…/molluscs-a ... ll-species

User avatar
filthy
Regular member
Posts: 112
Joined: Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:49 pm
Location: Perth
Kayak: REvo 13

Re: Busted - The Illegal Fishing Thread

Post by filthy » Thu Jun 18, 2015 9:49 pm

ha! smart enough to ride cheap bikes instead of a car in case they got forfeited

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests