Illegal fishing represents an ever-constant threat to Australian aquatic species. To curb the problem, Fisheries and Marine Officers are always on the lookout for illegal fishing gear and practices along Australia’s coasts, among many other violations.
Back in May, a Port Hedland man was caught with an illegal fish trap on the bow of his boat. The offense netted him $500 in fines after a magistrate at Port Hedland Court found him guilty. That’s not all—the perpetrator was also required to pay another $1,100.80 because of previous charges filed against him when he was apprehended last year for not having a current Recreational Fishing and Boat Licence, as well as having three undersized northern mulloway on his boat.
According to sources, the man was fully aware that it was illegal to use fish traps yet proceeded to use them anyway despite his knowledge of the potential violation.