Anglers warned: break the rules, lose your boat

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser

Anglers who deliberately fish illegally will face the threat of losing their equipment, including their vessel if caught, the Department of Fisheries warns.

Nine vessels have been seized across the State since Operation Bagana began in Perth in October.

The joint educational and compliance campaign extended to the south coast this week, with a seized vessel, which was forfeited last season after a successful prosecution, being used to warn the fishing community of the potential repercussions.

Department of Fisheries South Coast regional manager Russell Adams said the boat would be in Albany for two weeks with the potential of returning over Easter.

“The campaign is aimed at highlighting to fishing community that Fisheries is serious about catching offenders who deliberately flout fishing rules,” he said.

“Fisheries officers can seize any equipment used in connection with illegal fishing and this includes vessels, fishing equipment and vehicles.

“Fishing rules are designed to protect fish stocks for future generations to enjoy the fishing experience, those who flaunt these rules diminish the experience for others and are really fish thieves.”

Mr Adams said he hoped the message would resonate around the fishing community.

“It is a good example, the particular boat is quite a nice vessel and (for) the fishermen who lost it it’s a pretty high price to pay,” he said.

People are urged to call FishWatch on 1800 815 507 to report suspected illegal fishing activity.

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