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Fisheries Queensland
14-05-2013, 11:58 AM
Queensland Government
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

14 May 2013
Brisbane man nets big fine

A Brisbane man has been convicted and fined $26,850 for multiple fisheries and marine offences.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol District Manager Brett Depper said the matter was heard in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on 8 May, where the recreational fisher was fined for three separate complaints that occurred between March and April 2012.

The fisher was found guilty of:
o possession of 53 undersized mud crabs
o possession of 34 female mud crabs
o possession of 3 mud crabs in excess of bag limit
o using 14 crab pots in excess of the number permitted
o using 18 unmarked crab pots
o unlicensed operation of a vessel
o displaying incorrect registration symbols
o failing to ensure the vessel displayed navigation lights.

Mr Depper said the conviction and fine should serve as a warning to fishers to stick to the rules.

“While the vast majority of fishers keep to the rules, there is a small and persistent minority who do not,” he said.

“These people need to realise that their catch can and will be checked at any time of the day or night.

“Our enforcement actions in this case highlight the abilities of the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol in monitoring our important fishery resources. I hope this penalty will serve as a future deterrent.

“Compliance agencies such as QBFP, Water Police and Maritime Safety Queensland often work together to ensure effective monitoring of all areas.

“We recently increased the number of patrols across the state to combat the rising reports of illegal crabbing activities.

“Those doing the wrong thing will be caught and will pay the price.”

Mr Depper said fishers are reminded to be aware of Queensland’s size and possession limits before going crabbing.

“In Queensland, the minimum size requirement of mud crabs is 15cm measuring across the widest part of the crab’s carapace. The legal bag limit is 10 crabs per person,” he said.

“Fishers are also reminded that female mud crabs are a protected species in Queensland and cannot be taken from the water at any time, and that fishers can only use a maximum of 4 crab pots at any one time.”

QBFP rely on the support of the public to help protect fishing resources for future generations.

People who suspect illegal crabbing are urged to report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116.

For more information on fishing rules in Queensland, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au (http://www.fisheries.qld.gov.au/) or call 13 25 23.

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Media: Jo Anglesey, 3087 8601

14-05-2013, 12:38 PM
great news. fines starting to match the crimes.

14-05-2013, 12:53 PM
took the words out of my mouth dave
awesome news congrats to fisheries

14-05-2013, 01:12 PM
Clearly the bloke is a complete tool with no respect for any rules or laws...

Glad they threw the book at him!

14-05-2013, 01:16 PM
took the words out of my mouth dave
awesome news congrats to fisheries So Nice I'll say it twice, I agree boys. Hopefully the idiots wake up to themselves. Not holding my breath though. A positive note for the fisheries.

14-05-2013, 02:25 PM
Good work, we all know there are many more crooks out there doing the wrong thing, lets hope this makes them change their ways, or that get caught and face this kind of penalty.

14-05-2013, 03:35 PM
Geez a judge that actually makes the penalty fit the crime for once - put that judge in charge of penalties!

14-05-2013, 04:49 PM
He "shoulda" been allowed to keep 2 Jennies >17cms .....IMO

14-05-2013, 05:28 PM
I think the fine is ok, but no mention of taking his boat and car and equipment was made........the fine plus losing that would be suitable, not just the fine.

14-05-2013, 06:38 PM
If he had 53 undersize crabs, why only charged with having 3 over possession limit, do they only count legal crabs when calculating number in possession?

14-05-2013, 06:39 PM
I think the fine is ok, but no mention of taking his boat and car and equipment was made........the fine plus losing that would be suitable, not just the fine.

Chances are that the fine INCLUDED the perpertrators' cheap lil outfit....who knows ::)

Ray & Kerri.

14-05-2013, 06:44 PM
Suffer in ya jocks!!!!!

Good to see a decent message getting out there. Hope the new spreads far and wide

14-05-2013, 08:01 PM
Yippy skippy fisheries your shout at the pub good job boys :)

14-05-2013, 08:24 PM
Lets hope that some of that $26,850 can be spent on putting a Patrol or 2 through the Fitzroy Delta / Port Alma area.

I lost 3 pots on Mothers Day, all three were within site of a large moored Pro-fishers Mothership. I'm not saying they did it, but, it made me think a little.

I also ventured up a little blind creek not far away and found not 1 but 2 gill nets. The 1st was discarded and up in the mangroves wrecked, the 2nd, much further up near a big shallow bay and set right across the drain to get everything coming out of the bay as the tide dropped.

15-05-2013, 08:05 PM
Should name and shame them!!!!

15-05-2013, 08:58 PM
So, I am pessimistic, cynical, have little faith in the system of followup, love to see a copy of the
receipt for the money, name of the individual, where apprehended, etc. etc.

Good on the fisheries, but how long has this person been flouting the law???????

Was this his/her first offence, where where the crabs being marketed, the whole story needs to be told.

As I said a good job by the Fisho's but lets have the whole story.


16-05-2013, 11:21 PM
Brett Depper and the crew done a good job.

From my understanding since Newman Govt took over, Fisheries Recrutiment has ceased due to lack of funds or very little recruitment has taken place since the last pool of successful applicants. Qld Police are automatic Fisheries Inspectors these days. or should say Field Officers.


17-05-2013, 06:28 PM
As far as I am aware, convictions ( those convicted ) are public record.

I have made enquiries as to the status of obtaining the name of the perp.

Why does DAFF not release the name of the " criminal " when posting these " media Releases " ????


18-05-2013, 05:57 AM
Hope they took his boat too!

20-05-2013, 03:46 PM
Always good to see these fish/crustacean thieves get punished properly...I've never had mud crab, being a Vic and all, but one day...

21-05-2013, 07:32 PM
Good value........
In NZ they also would have taken all his gear, boat, car..anything that was used in the carriage of the offence.....they dont muck around over there

21-05-2013, 07:38 PM
What an idiot

23-05-2013, 02:52 PM
Thank you for your request for information on a reported case involving a Brisbane man convicted and fined $26,850 for multiple fisheries and marine offences.

Communications with the Registrar of the Brisbane Magistrates Court, Tony Roser, have resulted in the following details being made available:

On 8 May 2013, Thai Hoc NGUYEN was dealt with ex-parte in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on a range of offences pertaining to the Fisheries Act 1994 & the Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act 1994. These offences occurred between 5 March and 22 April 2012.

NGUYEN was fined a total of $26,850.00 and ordered to pay costs of court of $81.10. NGUYEN was allowed 2 months to pay, and in default the fines and costs are to be referred to SPER.

There is no supression order and details are public record.

Now you know.