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Poor paperwork costs $9050

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    Gold Coast fishing offences net $9050 conviction
    News release | 14 July, 2009
    A Gold Coast commercial fisher has been convicted on 57 offences in breach of the Fisheries Act, and fined $9050 by the Southport Magistrates Court.
    Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) Investigator Ray Weblin said the charges related to offences committed over a two-year period.
    "The offences included illegal fisheries sales, failure to complete and submit accurate logbooks, and failure to meet the requirements of their fishing licence," Mr Weblin said.
    "This conviction is the result of a lengthy investigation initiated a year ago due to concerns over fisheries sales.
    "The fisher has a special permit that allows catch and release around a desalination plant, however the fisher was required to notify QBFP 48 hours before fishing and then report the catch.
    "This requirement was not fulfilled and the fisher was therefore in breach of the authority.
    "Nor did the fisher provide or obtain dockets for fisheries sales, which made the sales illegal."
    Mr Weblin said a charge and conviction was also recorded in relation to not submitting logbooks, and making inaccurate and incomplete entries for over two years.
    "Logbooks are vital to management of our fisheries as they record daily fishing locations, catch by species and types of fishing gear used by each boat operating in the fishery," he said.
    "Without this information we cannot accurately assess the condition of Queensland´s fisheries, estimate species value or develop appropriate management plans.
    "These rules are in place to ensure the sustainability of our fisheries for future generations.
    "The seriousness of these offences means a conviction was recorded.
    "The penalties awarded were very fair, considering the maximum penalty for such an offence can be up to $75,000."
    For more information on fishing rules, call Queensland Primary Industries and Fisheries on 13 25 23 or visit www.dpi.qld.gov.au
    Media contact: Sacha Kitson, 07 3224 7757
    sacha.kitson@deedi.qld.gov.au
     

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