Crab cheats caught
FISHERIES and marine parks officers won't tolerate fishers and anglers doing the wrong thing.
They seized 17 unmarked crab traps from the Sandon River, south of Brooms Head, last week, while another 10 traps were also taken from sanctuary zones in the Solitary Islands Marine Park.
Officers have seized more than 100 crabbing devices so far this holiday season in the marine park, and issued a number of fines.
On-the-spot fines of $500 apply for the illegal use of crab traps and for zoning offences.
Park manager Nicola Johnstone said fishers must ensure all traps are marked with their name and contact details on the float.
"Amateurs are not permitted to use more than one crab trap per person at any one time," Ms Johnstone said.
"If they are using hoop nets or witches hats, no more than five are to be used by one person at any time."
Ms Johnstone said amateurs should make themselves familiar with Solitary Islands Marine Park zonings and ensure they have bought a recreational fishing licence prior to fishing.
"Marine parks brochures and fishing licences are available from a number of outlets near the park and the marine park office," she said.
"Zoning signs are located adjacent to the marine park and at all boat ramps in the vicinity of the park to assist visitors in the identification and location of protected zones."
Marine park officers and fisheries officers are working throughout the holiday season, patrolling estuaries, foreshores and offshore islands.
For more information on crab-trapping regulations, or to obtain a copy of the Solitary Islands Marine Park zoning plan, contact the park office on 6652 3977.