25 February 2013
Expiations have been issued to a man and two women from Paralowie who were detected taking more than 5000 pipi over their bag limit.
Fisheries Officers patrolling Goolwa Beach are disappointed by a spike in the number of fishers caught exceeding the daily bag limit for pipi and have issued a stern warning to fishers to stick to the limits.
PIRSA Regional Manager Central South, Randel Donovan, said an abundance of pipi this season had seen a marked increase in the number of people fishing for the mollusc on Goolwa Beach.
“Fishers who disregard the rules risk being issued with expiation notices of up to $200 per offence and where the circumstances warrant, could be prosecuted in court and face fines up to $20 000,” Mr Donovan said.
Expiations were also issued to a Glenunga couple who were found with 5500 pipi.
The daily individual bag limit is 300 and a minimum size limit of 3.5cm applies to pipi.
Cautions have been issued to 41 fishers for being over the bag limit and possessing undersize pipi.
Mr Donovan said PIRSA had responded to the spike in illegal activity by increasing patrols of both Fisheries Officers and Fishcare Volunteers and urged fishers to do the right thing.
“Fishing limits are in place to secure the long term sustainability of our fisheries by ensuring
that enough stock remains to reproduce and restock the fishery,” he said.
“We all have a role to play in protecting our fish stocks and this type of behaviour threatens the future of the fishery.
“Goolwa Beach will continue to be monitored throughout the season and those that choose to disobey the rules are reminded that the public and Fisheries Officers are watching and eventually you will be caught.”
Suspicious or illegal fishing behaviour can be reported to the 24-hour FISHWATCH hotline on 1800 065 522 or online at www.pir.sa.gov.au/fishwatch, Callers can remain anonymous.