Illegal crabber's fine gives warning to others

FRASER Coast crabbers are again being reminded about the penalties for illegal activities after three Queensland crabbers were fined a total of $20,650 and had their fishing boat, motor, trailer and crab pots seized.

The three were caught in possession of 58 illegal crabs, stored in a hidden compartment in the floor of their vessel, during an interception by a Queensland Boating and Fisheries patrol near Victoria Point, Redlands, last September.

Fisheries officer James Hohenhaus said Queenslanders loved their crabs and rules were in place to protect them.

"The rules around the number, age and type of crabs that can be taken are very clear and pleading ignorance is no defence," he said.

"This should serve as a big warning to anyone involved in illegal crabbing."

In April a Bundaberg fisher was fined $13,300 for a number of crabbing offences.

If you suspect illegal fishing, phone Fishwatch on 1800 017 116.

Visit http://www.fisheries.qld.gov.au for fishing guidelines.



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