CQ anglers rack up more than $143k in fines
CENTRAL Queensland's anglers racked up more than $143,000 in fisheries infringement notices last year.
The region covers Yeppoon, Gladstone, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Kingaroy.
"There were 597 caution notices and 270 fisheries infringement notices issued, with fines totalling $143,367 and 15 court prosecutions resulting in fines of $85,950,” a Fisheries Queensland spokesperson said.
According to the department the most common fisheries-related offence in the district last year was recreational anglers contravening a regulated fishing apparatus declaration, with 236 offences.
"This included not marking crab pots properly and using illegal fishing nets,” the spokesperson said.
The region's anglers are dragging their feet when it comes to fishing regulations, although not by much.
"In 2016, the level of compliance with fisheries regulations in the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district encompassing Bundaberg, Gladstone, Hervey Bay, Kingaroy and Yeppoon was 90 per cent,” a Fisheries Queensland spokesperson said.
Fisheries Minister Bill Byrne said throughout the state there was 94% compliance with fisheries regulations in 2016.
"That high level of compliance shows that the vast majority of our fishers are doing the right thing,” he said,
"It is the second successive year that our patrols have recorded a compliance rate of 94%.”
Members of the public who would like to report illegal fishing activities are encouraged to call the Fishwatch Hotline on 1800 017 116.