A Logan man has copped a $15,000 fine after being busted illegally fishing in Gold Coast waters not once, but twice.
The Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol was conducting inspections last year on the northern section of the Gold Coast, when Fisheries officers caught the man with four unmarked crab pots, seven undersize male mud crabs, five female mud crabs, and one undersize bream.
Fisheries Officer Ryan Stove, who appeared in court to prosecute the matter, said the man had previously been caught and sentenced for similar illegal activities at the same location in the past year.
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“The defendant was educated about fishing rules and regulations in Queensland after his first interaction with fisheries officers,” Mr Stove said.
“It is a very good result in terms of catching a repeat offender; the size of the fine imposed sets a standard to act as a deterrent.”
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries confirmed that all crabs caught by the man were released into the surrounding waters alive.
If you need to report suspected illegal fishing activity, call the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116.