No mud crab dumping reports
FISHERIES Queensland has not received any reports of mud crabs dumped in the Rockhampton region during the past year.
This comes after two Rockhampton fishermen were outraged to discover more than 20 dead, legal-sized, male mud crabs dumped beside the Port Alma boat ramp on Saturday.
The find, reported in The Bulletin yesterday, had local recreational and commercial fisherman shocked as to how or why the crabs were dumped there, but authorities say it is not an illegal act.
In a statement issued yesterday, a Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officer said the dumping of fish remains was not illegal under the Fisheries Act 1994.
"However, Fisheries Queensland does encourage people to dispose of fish remains in a responsible manner," the officer said.
"It is not a legal requirement to report discarded fish or crabs to Fisheries Queensland."
Commercial fishermen have no limit on how many mud crabs they catch.
However, amateurs are restricted to 10 a person.
Rockhampton commercial fisherman and crabber Dave Swindells said it definitely would not have been a professional who dumped the mud crabs at Port Alma.