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Re: Busted - The Illegal Fishing Thread

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Re: Busted - The Illegal Fishing Thread

Post by Anselmo » Mon Sep 28, 2015 8:14 pm

The guys up your way are either better at catching cheats or better at getting them in the paper Con

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Re: Busted - The Illegal Fishing Thread

Post by BBY » Mon Sep 28, 2015 8:41 pm

Anselmo wrote:The guys up your way are either better at catching cheats or better at getting them in the paper Con
The latter I think. Papers are full of sport and "before the court" type news, pretty poor reflection on the population.

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Re: Busted - The Illegal Fishing Thread

Post by FishnDive » Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:44 pm

From Fisheries Vic:
A ring-leader of an elaborate illegal abalone syndicate was sentenced in the County Court this week to 23 months and 14 days jail, with a non-parole period of 12 months.
The 41 year old female from St Albans was also convicted and banned indefinitely from all fishing activity, ordered to pay $18,007 and had her late model Toyota forfeited.
The woman had pleaded guilty in December last year and been remanded in prison until sentencing.
She had pleaded guilty to trafficking commercial quantities of abalone and selling rock lobsters and molluscs without authorisation.
The 10 month investigation, code-named Operation Quantum, had observed the woman repeatedly on-selling illegally taken abalone at a discounted price around St Albans and Sunshine.
She was supplied by a team of ten divers, all sentenced last month, who would drive from the western suburbs of Melbourne several times each week to steal abalone, rock lobster and other shellfish from the southwest coast.
The divers would meet at dive sites around Warrnambool and Port Fairy, take quantities of abalone and other shellfish then drive three hours back to Melbourne to sell the harvest to her and one other alleged ring-leader, who will appear in court in March.
Four of those ten divers were jailed last month for periods of up to two months, however those sentences remain under appeal. The other six men received community correctional orders for 60 to 280 hours of unpaid community work, bans on all fishing activity indefinitely and orders to pay between $220 and $16,500 each.
Judge Pullen said the woman’s offending was a very serious crime with implications for wild abalone stocks and the legitimate abalone market. She added that consumers had been put at risk from poor seafood handling and unsafe storage practices.
During the investigation, 12 vehicles and dive equipment were seized. Most has since been forfeited. Several residential premises are still restrained under proceeds of crime legislation.
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Re: Busted - The Illegal Fishing Thread

Post by cjbfisher » Sat Feb 06, 2016 8:56 am

That sounds like they are getting a little more serious about illegal fishing. Good to see a few decent punishments getting handed out, rather than the usual slap on the wrist.

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Re: Busted - The Illegal Fishing Thread

Post by BBY » Sat Feb 06, 2016 9:03 am

Good to hear!

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Re: Busted - The Illegal Fishing Thread

Post by sharknett » Sat Feb 06, 2016 4:48 pm

Good result. Hopefully those buying the stuff are also being prosecuted.

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Re: Busted - The Illegal Fishing Thread

Post by GoneNative » Mon Feb 08, 2016 12:58 pm

Good result on that one. Hopefully more to come, but seems it was mainly as it is very organised and a considerable operation, the little fellas still seem to escape with slaps on the wrist.

Nonetheless, a great result by fisheries vic here.

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Re: Busted - The Illegal Fishing Thread

Post by BBY » Fri Mar 18, 2016 3:54 pm

5 undersized fish + 3 female crabs + 3 undersized crabs = (-$10,000 + (- boat + -outboard))

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Re: Busted - The Illegal Fishing Thread

Post by suestealth » Fri Mar 18, 2016 5:49 pm

Awesome I think taking their boat and 4WD will be a far greater deterrent than prison is these days. Quite a few houses in SA have been taken as proceeds of crime in the last 6 years, mainly from drug sales.
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Re: Busted - The Illegal Fishing Thread

Post by BBY » Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:46 pm

Another heart warming story from one of my local haunts. (The image didn't come across)

Crab pot interference Burdekin River Anabranch
FISHERIES QUEENSLAND·THURSDAY, 16 JUNE 2016
A recreational fisher who interfered with a crab pot he didn’t set on the Burdekin River Anabranch near Townsville, committed the same offence twice in five days.
Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) conducted a surveillance operation after complaints about crab pot interference from commercial and recreational fishers.
QBFP district officer Trevor Thomson said two male recreational fishers who were detected interfering with a crab pot on Anzac Day were issued with fisheries infringement notices and each fined $1178.
“One of the men was also detected on surveillance camera in a different vessel interfering with the same crab pot on 30 April,” Mr Thomson said.
“The fisher was fined another $1178 and issued with a fisheries infringement notice for interfering with crab fishing apparatus which did not belong to him.”
Mr Thomson said Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol will continue to monitor suspected illegal fishing activity in the area.
“Interference with crab pots is an ongoing problem for both recreational and commercial crabbers.
Commercial operators pay licence fees to fish and any theft from their crab pots can have a significant effect on their income.”
If you suspect illegal crabbing report it immediately to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116 or through the website www.fisheries.qld.gov.au or by clicking on the Fishwatch link on the Fisheries Queensland Facebook page.
For more information on Queensland crabbing rules, visit 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 and Instagram (@FisheriesQld).

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Re: Busted - The Illegal Fishing Thread

Post by BBY » Fri Jun 17, 2016 6:19 am

Fisheries guys really have been busy!
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Re: Busted - The Illegal Fishing Thread

Post by cjbfisher » Sat Jun 18, 2016 8:40 am

BBY wrote:Fisheries guys really have been busy!
They should have confiscated both boats of they guy that got caught twice. Would have made for an interesting conversation with the owner of the second boat (assuming the first was his own).

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Re: Busted - The Illegal Fishing Thread

Post by Squidslayer » Sat Jun 18, 2016 11:21 am

All they need to do now is clamp down on the morons in their stinkboats that don't drop their speed to 4 knots when within 50 metres of a yak...
Get it most weekend off Adelaide metro.

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Re: Busted - The Illegal Fishing Thread

Post by Zilch » Tue Sep 20, 2016 2:05 pm

Copied from the NSW Department of Primary Industries, Newscast for recreation fishers, i.e. couple of SA guys got busted but it is also a shock to see out of 170 inspections 36 people were doing the wrong thing :o :evil:


A 35 year old Robinvale man has been apprehended with 2 monofilament gill nets and a quantity of fish in the Murray River downstream of Euston. Fisheries officers and police are continuing investigations as to the possible involvement of other offenders in this matter. The use of gill nets carries a maximum penalty of for a first offence of $22,000 and/or 6 months jail.

The men were apprehended during operation DPI Alpha Echo 16 targeting illegal fishing on the final weekend of the Murray Cod and Murray Crayfish open seasons. A number of other serious offences were detected:
• Two Wangaratta men were reported for exceeding both the daily and possession limit for Murray crayfish. A total of 11 Murray crayfish were found in their possession, 10 of which were of a prohibited size. Penalty notices totalling $2000 were issued to the men.
• Targeted surveillance resulted in the detection of a group of 4 South Australians who were found to have taken 27 Murray crayfish over a 3 day period. Three of the men were issued fines for exceeding the daily limit for Murray crayfish of 2 per person and other fisheries offences totalling $2100.

Three (3) teams of Officers patrolled the Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers during the operation. More than 170 fishers were inspected with 36 of them found to be offending with 54 separate offences detected. In total $8600 of penalty notices were issued along with 25 written warnings. Fish and fishing gear seized included 22 Murray Crayfish, 2 Golden Perch, 2 monofilament gill nets and 1 plastic tub.
Murray Crayfish can only be taken in June, July and August and only in sections of the Murrumbidgee and Murray rivers. For more information see http://bit.ly/2c8uldE. Murray Cod cannot be taken from inland waters in the months of September, October and November except Copeton Dam. Report suspected illegal fishing activity by calling 1800 043 536 or report it online at http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/…/complia…/re ... l-activity


And here is SA
PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture is reminding charter boat operators and recreational fishers to follow the rules or run the risk of being caught.

The reminder follows inspections by fisheries officers last month at Port Victoria with catches detected in excess of bag and boat limits for King George Whiting.

A fishing charter operator and four of his customers will now face court in coming months after the group were allegedly found with 60 King George Whiting above the legal limit onboard.

In the same week, another two recreational fishers were also detected and fined by fisheries officers with 18 King George Whiting in excess of the daily bag limit.

Illegal or suspicious fishing activity can be reported to the 24-hour Fishwatch number 1800 065 522. Callers can speak to a Fisheries Officer and may choose to remain anonymous.

Alternatively, reports of illegal fishing activity can be made through the SA Recreational Fishing Guide app, available via http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/recfishingapp


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