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    Angry Piss poor fine for black marketers

    Black market fishing sees Townsville recreational fishers fined $17,000


    Fisheries Queensland·Monday, August 27, 2018



    Taking excess coral reef fish, which was to be sold on the black market, has landed two Townsville recreational fishers $17,000 in fines.


    Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the two recreational fishers pleaded guilty in the Townsville Magistrate Court to unlawfully taking 63 coral reef fin fish.
    “The magistrate stated their actions were deliberate and calculated and dismissed their argument the fish were taken for a social gathering,” Mr Furner said.


    “The black market supply of fish threatens the sustainability of the community’s fisheries resources and consumers should only buy seafood from licensed suppliers.


    “One of the fishers was fined $8000 for the taking of the fish while the other was fined $9000 for the take of the fish and for failing to stop his boat when directed by QBFP officers to do so.
    Member for Townsville Scott Stewart said local Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers intercepted the fishers in September 2017 while patrolling waters near Little Broadhurst Reef.


    “Our local Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) officers do a great job in protecting or waterways right across North Queensland,” Mr Stewart said.


    “The officers found a total of 103 coral reef fin fish on board the vessel including 63 Coral Trout, 28 Red Throat Emperor, 9 Spangled Emperor and 3 Moses Snapper with a total value of more than $2300.
    “Neither of the men has ever held a commercial fishing licence or a commercial fishing boat licence and, as recreational fishers, they could lawfully only take 20 coral reef fin fish each.


    “An inspection of the vessel also revealed a number of features that suggested it was set up to fish commercially including a device used primarily by commercial fishers to look under the water’s surface, an operational live fish well and an EPIRB registered to a commercial fishing boat.”


    To address black marketing of seafood in Queensland, it is proposed to amend the Fisheries Act 1994 to strengthen the enforcement powers of Fisheries inspectors and the penalties for serious offences.
    The proposed reforms in the Fisheries Act discussion paper include:



    • creating an indictable offence for trafficking in priority fisheries resources with persons convicted potentially facing a penalty of up to 3000 penalty units (currently $378,450) and up to three (3) years imprisonment.
    • providing Magistrates alternatives to fines to deter repeat offenders
    • providing Fisheries inspectors additional powers of entry to commercial businesses handling seafood products and vehicles where there is evidence the vehicle is carrying fish or fishing apparatus.

    There was overwhelming support for these changes through consultation, with over 90 per cent of people supporting strong compliance powers and heavier penalties to address black marketing.


    A Bill is expected to be put to Parliament later this year.
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    Re: Piss poor fine for black marketers

    This is the situation where the boat & gear should have been confiscated

    Chris
    Give a man a fish & he will eat for a day !
    Teach him how to fish
    & he will sit in a boat - & drink beer all day!
    TEAM MOJIKO

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    Re: Piss poor fine for black marketers

    In W.A the biggest fine I saw handed out (for about 60 abalone over quota) was $250K. Until the Qld government pulls their heads out of their backsides and gets real about penalties, this sort of thing is only going to continue.

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    Re: Piss poor fine for black marketers

    Quote Originally Posted by NAGG View Post
    This is the situation where the boat & gear should have been confiscated

    Chris
    I know it is possible in some other states but does the law currently allow for that in Qld? It does seem to be mentioned in the proposed new legislation
    ~~~><))))*>

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    Re: Piss poor fine for black marketers

    Quote Originally Posted by Lucky_Phill View Post



    a device used primarily by commercial fishers to look under the water’s surface,
    .
    What would this be?
    ~~~><))))*>

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    Re: Piss poor fine for black marketers

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Delisser View Post
    What would this be?
    That would be a bathyscope

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