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Detection of illegal sale of Southern Bluefin Tuna

24 Feb 2015

PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture wish to remind the community of the importance of ensuring that any local seafood caught recreationally must not be sold or purchased.

This follows the recent detection of tuna caught recreationally that was sold through a retail business in the southern suburbs.
Regional Manager, Randel Donovan said it was illegal for recreational fishers to sell or trade any of their catch.

"It is also an offence to buy fish that has not been taken under a commercial fishing or Aquaculture licence, he said.

"If we all ensure that any fish that is sold or purchased has come from a legitimate source, we can eliminate those who seek to make illegal profits from the sale of our community-owned resource.

"It is also an offence to buy fish that has not been taken under a commercial fishing or Aquaculture licence, he said.

"If we all ensure that any fish that is sold or purchased has come from a legitimate source, we can eliminate those who seek to make illegal profits from the sale of our community-owned resource.

"Such offences can threaten the sustainability of our fisheries and the future of our commercial fishing operators and processors."

If convicted, people who either sell or purchase illegal fish can, depending on the amount and fish species, face penalties of fines up to $50,000 and imprisonment for four years.

PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture would like to hear from anyone with information about recreational fishers breaking the rules by selling their catch, and also those willing to purchase fish not taken by licensed fishers.

Anyone who spots illegal fishing activity can report it on the 24 hour FISHWATCH number 1800 065 522. Callers can speak to a Fisheries Officer and may choose to remain anonymous.

Reports can also be made via the SA Recreational Fishing Guide smartphone app available for free download from www.pir.sa.gov.au/recfishingapp.

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