25 February 2013
Two men have been convicted and fined $1880 each, for exceeding the daily limit of King George Whiting, following an investigation by PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture.
In July 2012, Flavio Pavia and Dario Pavia of Hope Valley, were detected by Fisheries Officers off West Beach with 51 King George Whiting in their possession – more than double the daily bag limit of 12 per person.
The men had reported to FISHWATCH the previous evening, that they would be undertaking a two day fishing trip that would entitle them to two days’ limit of fish.
Investigations by Fisheries Officers proved the men had not in fact commenced their fishing trip until the morning of the day they were detected, and as such they were only entitled to a single day’s bag limit each.
The two men pleaded guilty in Port Adelaide Magistrates Court on 13 February to taking the 51 King George Whiting in one day.
PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture, Regional Manager Central South, Randel Donovan, said the conviction sends a strong message to fishers tempted to break the rules.
“It is a common practice for fishers to conduct multi-day fishing trips and report their intentions to FISHWATCH, however, anyone falsely reporting and deliberately exceeding daily limits will be prosecuted.”
Fishers are reminded that daily bag limits apply from midnight to midnight.
More information on the rules that apply to King George Whiting is available 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.