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​This boat that was impounded for more than 20 months after its owner was caught tampering with another fisher's pots.

Friday 9 November 2018

Interference with lobster pots proves costly in courts

A recreational fisher has been fined more than $12,000 and had his boat impounded for more than 20 months for interfering with another fisher's rock lobster pots.

The fisher was confronted by the owner of the pots as he removed a rock lobster from one his pots, which he had pulled onto the pot tipper of his boat.

He put the lobster back into the pot and dropped it back in the water for the owner to retrieve.

The owner later reported the incident to FishWatch and a search warrant was carried out at the fisher's home, where he admitted to pulling the pot, but claimed he was untangling it. 

In another case Fisheries officers used a high-powered telescope to observe a man on a boat west of Hillarys Boat Harbour interfere with two lobster pots that didn’t belong to him.

His boat's chart plotter was used to locate the pots that had been illegally accessed as well as two pots that belonged to him. The pots he owned were seized.

At the time, the man did not hold a current rock lobster fishing licence.

He was fined more than $2,500 for three offences and was banned from holding a rock lobster licence, or being aboard a boat fishing for lobster, for 12 months. The two seized lobster pots were forfeited.  

For more information see our recreational fishing rules.  

You can also download our Recreational fishing for rock lobster guide.


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