9k fine for seventh member of abalone gang

21 June 2013

The seventh member of a gang of abalone traffickers has been convicted in the largest such case in the state’s history.

Dang Duong of Pooraka was found guilty of possessing 70 abalone and ordered to pay fines, penalties and court costs totalling $9452 by the Holden Hill Magistrates Court in May 2013.

Mr Duong’s conviction for his involvement as the recipient of the illegal abalone is a serious reminder about the hefty penalties that apply to illegal fish sales.

The investigation into the trafficking of 480kg of abalone, which began in 2010, has now resulted in three arrests, seven people convicted with fines totalling $28,952.

Three offenders have received suspended jail sentences and a total of 360 hours community service has been ordered.

Trafficking of abalone is considered one of the most serious offences under the Fisheries Management Act 2007, and carries a penalty of up to $100,000 and four years imprisonment.

The illegal, unregulated and unlicensed take and trafficking of abalone, which is a priority species, poses a serious threat to the health and viability of the abalone fishery.

South Australia’s commercial abalone fishery generates $87.8 million for the State’s economy, with the vast majority of the celebrated delicacy exported to major markets such as Hong Kong.

Primary Industries and Regions South Australia’s compliance and intelligence measures to protect the sustainability of local abalone stocks helps underpin the State Government strategic priority of Premium Food and Wine from our Clean Environment.

Members of the public can report suspicious or illegal fishing activities to the 24-hour Fishwatch number on 1800 065 522. Callers can choose to remain anonymous.

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