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    Thumbs down still more crab thieves

    Large fines for illegal crabbing on Gold Coast

    TWO men have received fines totalling $20,000 after being caught with female and undersize crabs at night on the northern end of the Gold Coast.

    Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers conducted surveillance at Shipper Drive on the Gold Coast after receiving complaints from 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.


    “We intercepted their vehicle and found 18 female mud crabs, 18 undersize male mud crabs, two undersize yellowfin bream, three undersize summer whiting and one undersize dusky flathead,” he said. “Officers also found 10 unmarked crab pots. Upon completion of the inspection all mud crabs were released back into the water alive.”


    Mr Stove said both men claimed 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. “This is a great example of the benefits of the community providing information through our Fishwatch hotline that we can act upon.”


    If you suspect illegal fishing, whether seen in person or online, report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116. Don’t engage the person, as this can compromise an investigation. All information provided to the hotline will be prioritised based on potential fishery risks, accuracy and reliability with an appropriate response formulated. For more information on Queensland fishing rules, visit fisheries.qld.gov.au, call 13 25 23 or download the free Qld Fishing app from Apple and Google app stores.


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    Re: still more crab thieves

    Time to lock some of these criminals up , Queensland magistrates !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Re: still more crab thieves

    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky_Phill View Post
    Time to lock some of these criminals up , Queensland magistrates !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Would achieve very little Phil. For some it would simply be a taxpayer funded holiday. Far better to fine as well as confiscate and auction all equipment utilized in committing the offense (boat, car, trailer, freezers, gear etc) with all proceeds going to enforcement funding - allowing additional patrol officers and patrols.
    "I soak the worms in rum. The fish love em and the worms die happy"
    "Alcohol is not the solution to your problems...................but then again, neither is milk"

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    Re: still more crab thieves

    Phill, the gaols are already overflowing and there isn't room for the existing crop of crims. As Scottar suggested, heavier financial penalties including confiscation of all gear and sale of same upon conviction. In this instance it seems the penalties were heavier than some of the ones you've posted recently especially the pros with multiple convictions.

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