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DPIRD issues warning after Elleker man fined more than $2000 for verbally abusing Fisheries officers

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The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has issued a reminder to fishers to respect Fisheries officers patrolling the WA coast after an Elleker man was fined more than $2700 for verbally abusing officers in Exmouth.

The 31-year-old faced Exmouth Magistrates Court last Tuesday where he was ordered to pay $2759.30 in fines and costs for the abuse and obstruction of Fisheries officers at Lighthouse Bay.

According to DPIRD, the man verbally abused, hindered and obstructed two Fisheries officers from searching his vehicle. Under the Fish Resources Management Act, it is against the law to abuse, threaten or assault an officer when performing their duty.

Officers patrol jetties, beaches and boat ramps to monitor fishers and protect local fish stocks.

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Department supervising fisheries and marine officer Darren Schofield said Fisheries officers played an important role in building awareness of fishing rules in coastal communities.

“Our officers are working in the community to educate fishers about the rules such as possession and size limits and fishery closures, as well as patrolling to detect illegal fishing activity,” he said.

“It is never acceptable to verbally or physically abuse any officer who is carrying out their duties.

“The rules exist to protect our fish stocks and marine environments to ensure there are plenty of fish for everyone to enjoy today and in the future.”

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