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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
Friday 14 June 2019

Two men fined $9,600 each for having too many fish fillets

​A magistrate in the Kalumburu Court this week said the mandatory penalty two men will have to pay, for having 33.8 kilograms of fish fillets more than they should, would serve as a deterrent to other people looking to commit the same offence. 

Each man has been issued a mandatory penalty of $8,895. They were entitled to a combined possession limit of 40 kilograms (20 kilograms of fish fillets per person), but when Fisheries and Marine Officers came across them, during an inspection of their camp at Honeymoon Bay near Kalumburu, the men were found to have a total of 73.8 kilograms of fillets.

The fish fillets included category one fish species, like estuary cod, emperor, fingermark (otherwise known as seabream), northern mulloway and saddletail snapper.


 The bagged up excess fish fillets included category one finfish. 

On holiday from Victoria, the pair were camping at Honeymoon Bay when they were inspected by the Fisheries officers early on Saturday afternoon 11 August 2018, providing yet another reminder that even in remote areas of Western Australia, fishers should expect to be checked.

Maurice William TYERS, aged 70, from Tyntynder in Victoria and 67 year-old Robert Gregory MERRETT from Swan Hill did not appear in court in Kalumburu on Tuesday this week

They were each fined $500 for their offences, with a court charge of $205.30 each, leading to a total cost of $9,600.30 for each man, when you add in the mandatory additional penalty. 

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s Compliance Manager for the Northern Region, Stuart McDowall, said that both Tyers and Merrett entered endorsed pleas of guilty.

“In evidence before the court on Tuesday, it was revealed that both men knew the possession limit in WA was 20 kilograms of fish fillets per person,” Mr McDowall said.

“Both men, who were co-operative during the investigation, admitted they had weighed the fillets on scales and knew they had more than the limit. In a record of interview one of the offenders said they had that much fish because they were greedy.”

WA’s fishing rules and limits are available online at the www.fish.wa.gov.au website and in the Recreational fishing guide.

Most fishers do the right thing and are well-known for their stewardship of WA’s fisheries. However, if you see something involving fish or fishing that doesn’t look right, you can help our Fisheries and Marine Officers by calling FishWatch on 1800 815 507, which is a reporting line that is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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