Big Fines and 6 Months Fishing Ban

A Kalbarri man has paid a hefty price for selling fish without a commercial licence, including being banned from fishing for six months.

Last month, the man incurred fines and penalties totalling $14,728 for a range of offences, including the illegal sale of recreationally-caught rock lobsters.

He was also prohibited from being on a boat and from the possession of fishing gear, and is not allowed to engage in any activity related to fishing for six months.

A magistrate in Geraldton heard that in December 2014, the man sold 12 rock lobsters for $200 and, in February this year, sold a further 27 rock lobsters and 2.99 kilograms of recreationally-caught mackerel for $700.

Sale of any recreationally caught rock lobster is an offence and bartering with any fish is also considered as a form of sale.

Amongst the other charges were four separate counts of the offender using more than two rock lobster pots.

Information on WA’s rock lobster fishing rules is available online at www.fish.wa.gov.au.