Over 40,000 “Fish” seized including:
Over 3,000 items of fishing gear/equipment including:
Section 34J(1), Recreational fisher fails to pay fishing fee, FMA1994
Section 34J(2), Fail to have official receipt in immediate possession, FMA1994
Section 16(1), Possess prohibited size fish - first offence, FMA1994
Section 34J(2), Recreational fisher fail to have official receipt in possession, FMA1994
Section 24(1), Unlawfully use net or trap for taking fish - first offence, FMA1994
Section 25(1)(a), Possess prohibited fishing gear - first offence, FMA1994
Section 18(2), Possess more than possession limit - first offence, FMA1994
Section 20A(3)(b), Take fish declared waters - recreational fishing - first offence, FMA1994
Clause 46(3)(a), Use more than 2 hand held lines in inland waters, FM(G)R2010
Clause 45(1), Place or set net or fishing gear not identified in accordance with this Regulation, FM(G)R2010
Subtotal of top 10 offences
All other offences
Total of all offences
Note: Section 34J2 offences appear twice as the regulation was changed during the reporting period to require fishers to have the official receipt in their ‘immediate’ possession.
FMA1994 is the Fisheries Management Act 1994
FM(G)R2010 is the Fisheries Management (General) Regulation 2010
Illegal Abalone Syndicate detected. It will be alleged that a syndicate believed responsible for trafficking illegal abalone worth millions of dollars was detected by a joint NSW DPI and NSW Police operation in February 2011. Two men were arrested on the NSW South Coast and more that 1300 abalone were seized.
Operation Fusion examined the activities of the syndicate since late in 2010, but investigators believe it could have been trafficking illegal abalone worth hundreds of thousands of dollars each year for well over a decade.
Persons found guilty of trafficking abalone face up to 10 years imprisonment. Repeat offenders can also face fines of up to $88000 for each offence detected.
Illegal Trapping Raids. During the year over 1000 traps were seized following crackdowns on illegal crab trapping.
A commercial fisher was apprehended with more than 20 commercial fish traps, a grappling device and an illegal (monofilament) meshing net was seized during the operation which targeted unlawful trapping at Port Stephens.
In another raid more than 70 unlawfully set fish and crab traps were seized by fisheries officers during an operation in the Wallis Lake District. A man also faced charges for unlawfully setting fish traps and interfering with set fishing gear.
Numerous inland operations were conducted during 2010-11 – targeting:
Grafton Local Court March 2011
One offender convicted of illegal eel trapping:
Liverpool Local Court – January 2011
Campbelltown Local Court January 2011
Moruya Local Court – November 2010
Moruya Local Court – September 2010
Bega Local Court – September 2010
Nowra Local Court – August 2010
Wentworth Local Court – January 2011
Warren Local Court October 2010
Corowa Local Court February 2011
Bourke Local Court 2011
2,913 Fishers Watch calls were logged.
We increased our operational capacity by acquiring two new custom offshore capable fisheries patrol boats, one 6.3 metre Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) for the Tweed Heads District and a 6.8 metre RHIB at Coffs Harbour.
The latter of the two patrol boats the ‘FPV Peter Angel’ was named in honour of the late Peter Angel, a Fisheries Officer of over 40 years service.