Dubbo fisherman banned for five years after using illegal traps to catch endangered fish

Filthy fisherman banned for five years and his boat impounded after illegally catching endangered native fish

  • Two men aged 49 and 58 were arrested last month on the Macquarie River, NSW
  • The 49-year-old was fined $3,300 and banned from fishing for five years
  • The other man was also fined because officers found seven traps and fish on the boat

A pair of fishermen have been fined thousands of dollars, including one banned from the sport for five years after they were caught using illegal traps to capture endangered fish.

The 49-year-old and 58-year-old faced Dubbo Local Court earlier this month after being arrested on June 27 on the Macquarie River, in central New South Wales.

Police and Fisheries Department officers discovered that the pair had used seven traps to capture nine Golden Perch and the endangered Murray Cod.

The officers also seized a grappling hook, a boat, a motorcycle and a trailer.

A pair of fishermen have been fined thousands of dollars, including one banned from the sport for five years after they were caught using illegal traps to capture endangered fish

Both men were charged with the unlawful use of traps, possession of illegally caught fish and use of redundant and unattended lines.

The 49-year-old was fined $3,300 and sentenced to seven months in prison as an intensive correction order.

He was also banned from fishing in the state backwaters west of the Great Dividing Range for five years.

His injunction orders prohibit him from owning specific inland fish species or being on board any boat that has fishing gear or is used to catch fish for the five-year period.

The 58-year-old has since been fined $4,900.

dr. Andrew Moriarty, director for fisheries compliance, said fisheries officials would continue to impose severe penalties on those who break the law.

“The blatant disregard for fishing rules and regulations has serious consequences, especially if you are a repeat offender,” he said.

Police and Fisheries Department officers discovered that the pair had used seven traps to capture nine Golden Perch and the endangered Murray Cod.  Their boat was also impounded

Police and Fisheries Department officers discovered that the pair had used seven traps to capture nine Golden Perch and the endangered Murray Cod. Their boat was also impounded

“Five years of not being able to fish is a significant burden on anyone who enjoys fishing, plus the added deterrent of hefty penalties if these individuals violate the ban.”

dr. Moriarty said the maximum penalty for violating prohibition orders is $22,000 and spent 12 months behind bars.

“Fisheries rules and regulations are in place to protect and conserve fish stocks and fishing opportunities for current and future generations, and this type of illegal fishing undermines all the hard work that fisheries officials and the community are doing to access healthy fish stocks for the NSW community,” he said.

The pair had caught nine Golden Perch fish when they were arrested by police and fishing officers (stock image)

The pair had caught nine Golden Perch fish when they were arrested by police and fishing officers (stock image)

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