Spear fishermen fined
TWO people were each issued $400 on-the-spot fines after being caught fishing using home-made wooden spears while making their way up the Fitzroy River barrage fish ladder on the weekend.
And one recreational mubcrab fisherman paid a hefty price for failing to correctly mark crab pots last week, being hit with $500 fine for the breach and a further $500 for using three excess crab pots.
These were but three of a number of offences that have kept officers busy during the past few weeks.
Officers checked 65 set pots in the Fitzroy River, subsequently seizing 33 illegally set crab pots as part of a Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol operation.
Acting district officer Brenda Stevenson said QBFP apparatus tags were attached to another four poorly identified pots as a reminder to the owners.
“When using crab pots, surface floats must be marked with the owner’s name and the crab pot must be correctly identified with the owner’s name and address,” she said.
In addition, an illegally set, unmarked 18m fishing net was removed from Moores Creek on the night of December 30.
“We believe the net was set to target barramundi during the November 1 to February 1 barramundi closed season,” Ms Stevenson said.
“Officers released three undersized barramundi from this net which was tied off on the water pipe bridge infrastructure to totally block off the creek.”
“Officers issued one $200 fine for the possession of three undersize mudcrabs and another fisher was fined $200 for possessing two cod and one tusk fish all undersize,” she said.
If anyone suspects illegal fishing activity call the hotline on 1800 017 116.
Floats must be marked with owner’s name