News

3200 shark fins seized in fisheries raid

A MAN who was caught with more than 3000 shark fins, believed to have been taken from more than 600 sharks, has been fined $7750 in Maryborough Magistrates Court.

Gympie's Thomas Arthur Grady, 45, was fishing with two mates, Warren William NcNee, 58, and George Joseph Johnson, 60, near Boonooroo when the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries raided Grady's fishing shack.

The men were found to be in excess of the bag limit for crabs. Entitled to 10 crabs each, the men were found with 37 crabs, four of which were undersized.

In addition to that, crabs with their carapace, or shell, removed were found at Grady's property. It is illegal to possess crab meat or crabs with the carapace missing unless it is for immediate consumption.

Grady's equipment was also called into question, with three illegal, oversize nets found. He was issued an on-the-spot fine of $1100.

Grady was also found with several bags of shark fins.

Recreational fishermen are entitled to take one shark per person, but the court heard more than 3200 fins were found in the bags - the equivalent of about 641 sharks.

The court heard there was no evidence Grady had taken the shark fins himself.

Grady told Fisheries officers a man had given him the bags of shark fins, which he was using as crab pot bait.

In addition to the $1100 on-the-spot fine, Grady was fined $7750 after he pleaded guilty to two charges of failing to comply with regulated fishing apparatus or regulated fishing method declaration and four charges of unlawful possession of regulated fish.

Johnson and NcNee were fined $3750 for the excessive possession of crabs, undersized crabs and for crab pots that were not clearly marked with their identifying particulars.

Topics:  editors picks, illegal fishing, shark fins



What we can't get enough of on the Fraser Coast

Fraser Island - Wanggoolba creek at Central Station.Photo: Alistair Brightman

What do you love about living on the Fraser Coast?

What's On: Celebration at kindergarten on Fraser Coast

There will be more than 300 prizes up for grabs

Advisor to stay with Fraser Coast council another week

New Fraser Coast Regional Council sworn in - (L) Denis Chapman, James Hansen, David Lewis, Anne Maddern, Daniel Sanderson, Mayor Chris Loft, Rolf Light, George Seymour, Paul Truscott, Stuart Taylor and Darren Everard. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Advisor Terry Brennan was planned to finish on Friday, September 30.

Local Partners

Britney Spears smoked cannabis as a teenager

Britney Spears

Britney Spears experimented with cannabis when she was 17.

Lady Gaga confirms Super Bowl show

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga to perform in coveted spot

Girls actors give emotional tributes to hit show

Actor Allison Williams

Actors farewell smash hit HBO show Girls after six seasons

Janet Jackson's pregnancy is 'best thing'

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson can't wait to become a mum

Jay Z signs two-year movie and TV deal

Rapper Jay Z

Rapper Jay Z has signed a television and movie deal

Nowhere to Hyde: Matt Nable is Australia's man in demand

Matt Nable stars as Detective Gary Hyde in the TV series Hyde & Seek.

NABLE returns to the small screen amidst busy film work.

Restaurants soon to be announced at new Gunalda servo

NEW STATION: The Gunalda Service Centre, owned by United Petroleum, will include a 350-seat eating area and a truckers lounge.

Which business would you like to see open in the new centre?

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Huge Gunalda service station set to open by December

NEW STATION: The Gunalda Service Centre, owned by United Petroleum, will include a 350-seat eating area and a truckers lounge.

The massive servo is the biggest United development in Queensland.

Property leader says Fraser Coast market is looking up

Positivity is the buzz word in the Fraser Coast housing market

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.