Fitzroy River Barrage fish costs man hefty penalty

THERE are some fantastic spots available for fishermen around the Rockhampton area, but the Fitzroy River Barrage is not one of them.

But that didn't stop Clifford Morris Cora from bypassing several warning signs and jumping a fence to get to the barramundi on the other side.

The 57 year old was first seen on CCTV camera trespassing at the barrage with another man on October 31 and was warned by police when he told them he didn't realise it was prohibited.

On November 12 he was again caught fishing at the barrage. The Rockhampton Magistrates Court heard he would have had to walk past several signs telling people fishing is banned in a 400-metre exclusion zone around the barrage, as well as climb over a fence beside a locked gate.

When police found him he had caught several barramundi, which police returned to the river.

He pleaded guilty and was fined $500 for each incident.

Closed waters are in place in some areas such as the barrage to help preserve fish stocks in areas where they may be vulnerable to overfishing. Fishing in closed waters carries a maximum fine of $110,000.

If you suspect illegal fishing please report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116.



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