7 March 2013
A Wallaroo man has been convicted and fined for unlicensed commercial fishing but avoided a possible two year jail term, following an investigation by PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture.
The 69 year-old and his 65 year-old wife were also found guilty of exceeding the daily bag limit of Southern Calamari and received combined fines and penalties totalling $7136.
It follows an incident in October 2011, in which Evangelos Toskas and Marianna Toskas of Wallaroo, were detected by Fisheries Officers with their daily bag limit of Southern Calamari on board their vessel – after already having taken a daily bag limit on the same day.
Subsequent enquiries by Fisheries Officers resulted in the seizure of a stockpile of Southern Calamari that was intended to be illegally sold.
Mr Toskas pleaded guilty in Kadina Magistrates Court on 20 February, to jointly taking 60 squid in one day and possessing a further 102 squid for sale and received fines and penalties of $5286.
Ms Toskas pleaded guilty to jointly taking 60 squid in one day and received fines and penalties of $1850.
Recreational fishers are reminded that the daily individual bag limit for Southern Calamari is 15 per person and they are not allowed to sell or trade their catch.
Find out more about fishing for Southern Calamari at www.pir.sa.gov.au/fisheries
Suspicious or illegal fishing activity can be reported to the 24 hour FISHWATCH number on 1800 065 522. Callers can choose to remain anonymous.