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Fisher caught with seven times the legal limit for Razorfish

Thursday 24 October 2019

A rogue recreational fisherman has been caught with seven times the daily bag limit of Razorfish near Port Augusta.


A 65-year-old man from Stirling North was apprehended with 175 Razorfish – well over the bag limit of 25.

Fisheries Officers with assistance from SA Police are continuing to investigate the incident which occurred off Shack Road.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said this incident is a timely reminder that often the best intel we receive is from responsible fishers.

"The majority of fishers follow the rules to ensure the long-term sustainability of our fish stocks for future generations to enjoy," said Minister Whetstone.

"This sort of blatant disregard by a minority of people, infuriates fishers and has the potential to put South Australian fisheries at risk.

"With the onset of warm weather, fishers enjoying the conditions are reminded to keep an eye out for those doing the wrong thing with our fish stocks.

"Responsible fishers can help by reporting any illegal or suspicious behaviour to Fishwatch on 1800 065 522. Reports can also be made via the SA Recreational Fishing Guide app.

"I thank the callers who contacted Fishwatch and provided information that led to the apprehension.

"Fishers can familiarise themselves on the rules before heading out on the water either by visiting www.pir.sa.gov.au/fishing, downloading the SA Recreational Fishing Guide app or calling Fishwatch 1800 065 522."

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