5k fine for illegal whiting

20 November 2013

Recreational fishers are reminded to brush up on fishing rules following the conviction of two men for being over the bag limit and taking undersize King George Whiting.

Pierre Dahdah of Bellevue Heights and Edward Khalil of Firle, pleaded guilty in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on 29 October to jointly taking 59 King George Whiting in one day and taking 11 undersize King George Whiting.

Both men received fines and penalties of $2500 each. The two men were detected at night at Port Hughes by Fisheries Officers in May this year.

PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture Regional Manager, Mr Randel Donovan said the conviction brings home the message that fishing rules need to be followed.

“There are various places to easily access information in relation to recreational fishing,” Mr Donovan said.

“This includes the new rec fishing app which PIRSA recently launched where everything you need to know about allowable sizes as well as bag and boat limits are right there in hand on your smartphone.

“Fisheries Officers are always vigilant to ensure those out fishing are doing the right thing.

“We have various ways of checking fishers’ activities and steps will be taken when people are detected undertaking any type of illegal fishing.”

Minister for Fisheries Gail Gago said the case was also a timely reminder for all water users.

“Protecting all fisheries is a priority for everyone in South Australian,” she said. “Our fish stocks are a precious and finite resource and we all have a responsibility to protect them for future generations.

“Regulations are put in place not only to ensure equity amongst fishers, but also to ensure stock sustainability – a key element of the State Government’s Premium Food and Wine from our Clean Environment strategic priority.

“Fortunately, most fishers do the right thing but those flouting the system should know they may be caught.

To make it easier to check the rules or report suspicious behavior you can use the new SA Recreational Fishing Guide smartphone app.”

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

The SA Recreational Fishing Guide smartphone app can be downloaded from http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/recfishingapp.

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