Vigilante threat to crab pot thieves
DAVE Bardrick is ready to retaliate after crab pot raiders stole three of his four allowed pots from the Fitzroy River last weekend.
"I'll now be watching my pots from a distance, and believe me fellas, the authorities will be the least of your worries if I catch you at my pots again,'' the North Rockhampton amateur fisherman said.
"And I don't care who you are.''
Vigilante concerns were raised in The Morning Bulletin in February after local professional fisherman Dave Swindells said crab pot tampering was so bad some commercial operators were considering taking the law into their own hands.
Mr Swindells did not condone vigilante action and preferred to leave the matter to the authorities.
Last month, Queensland Boating and Fisheries successfully prosecuted two North Rockhampton crabbers for raiding pots.
Gary Stegman and Stephen Bell were convicted and fined $1200 and $900 respectively.
They were caught red-handed in January last year after Fisheries officers placed microchiptagged mudcrabs in set pots during a surveillance operation.
The theft of Mr Bardrick's pots left him angry and more than $50 out of pocket.
"When I went into Bluefin Sports to replace them the guy said he'd had about five or six people come in doing the same.