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Couple convicted for purchasing and selling Callop

Wednesday 23 January 2019

A husband and wife have been convicted and fined $13,000 for illegally selling fish caught by a recreational fisher.


Wia Foen Vong and Sop Chao, both of Ferryden Park in South Australia, have received fines and court costs totalling more than $13,000 after being convicted of selling and purchasing 27 Callop in January 2018.

The couple were detected by Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) Fisheries Officers whilst conducting an inspection of a northern suburbs grocery, where the couple operate their business.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said the result demonstrated there was little to gain and hefty penalties for those who choose to deliberately defy fishing rules.

"The conviction should send a timely reminder to all fish buyers that they can only purchase fish that have been caught by appropriately licensed commercial fishers," said Minister Whetsonte.

"It is illegal for recreational fishers to buy, sell or trade any of their catch and if caught, they face a fine of up to $20,000.

"Similarly, it is also an offence to purchase fish that have been caught illegally.

"If you see or know someone is selling fish caught recreationally, the 24 hour Fishwatch number 1800 065 522 so that Fisheries Officers can investigate."

All suspicious or illegal fishing activity can be reported to Fishwatch 1800 065 522.

Reports of illegal fishing activity can also be made through the SA Recreational Fishing Guide smartphone app.

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