Three recreational fishers in the south east have been caught with more than three times the daily boat limit of mullet and fined nearly $1000 after an incident at Lake George, near Beachport.
The three fishers, two of whom held recreational net registrations, were caught by Fisheries Officers with a total of 391 mullet in their possession – the daily boat limit is 180. They were also found to be using a non-compliant net.
Officers seized two nets and other equipment used by the three fishers, one from Millicent and two from Tantanoola.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said it was disappointing to see fishers flouting the rules at Lake George despite the opening up of recreational fishing opportunities at the unique location.
"Lake George is a popular fishing spot, particularly being home to the much sought-after Yellow-eye Mullet and the only area in South Australia where fishers can still apply to use a registered recreational mesh net," said Minister Basham.
"However, recreational fishing rules are in place for a reason, to ensure sustainable fish stocks into the future.
"Fisheries Officers conduct regular patrols throughout the State and anyone found breaching fishing rules may face on the spot fines or prosecution. If you flout the rules you will get caught, it is that simple.
"The majority of recreational fishers are doing the right thing. They follow the rules, and have a good time on the water.
"Recreational fishers wanting to net fish at Lake George must have a registration."
Suspicious or illegal fishing activity can be reported to the 24-hour FISHWATCH number on 1800 065 522. Callers can choose to remain anonymous.