Two men have received hefty fines totalling $20,000 after they were caught with female and undersize crabs on the Gold Coast.
The pair were busted by Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers at Shipper Drive following complaints by recreational fishers.
QBFP Officer Ryan Stove said around 10.30pm, officers’ intercepted two men as they were leaving the area after observing them place crab pots, a large white sack, bucket and shopping bags into their vehicle.
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“We intercepted their vehicle and found 18 female mud crabs, 18 undersize male mud crabs, two undersize yellowfin bream, three undersize summer whiting, one undersize dusky flathead,” he said.
“Officers also found ten unmarked crab pots. Upon completion of the inspection all mud crabs were released back into the water alive.”
Mr Stove said both men claimed that they had no knowledge of crabbing or fishing regulations in Queensland and were charged with five counts of possessing regulated fish as well as two counts regarding use of regulated fishing apparatus.
Mr Stove said both men pleaded guilty and were fined $10,000 each in the Southport Magistrates Court.
“Fishers are reminded that ignorance of the law is not a valid excuse when caught with regulated product because the onus is on fishers to know the rules when fishing in Queensland waters,” he said.