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Man fined for haul of blue swimmer crabs

Thursday 18 February 2021

A Salisbury East man caught with more than seven times the bag limit of blue swimmer crabs has been fined nearly $5,000 and ordered to forfeit his illegal haul.


Phun Khar, 40, plead guilty in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court on 4 February to two counts of selling, purchasing or possessing a prescribed aquatic resource.

As a result of a call to the Fishwatch tip-off line, he was spoken to by fisheries officers at St Kilda on 30 September 2019.

He was found with 158 blue swimmer crabs more than seven times the legal bag limit of 20. In addition, 143 of the crabs were undersize.

After entering guilty pleas, the man was ordered to pay fines and court costs totalling $4658.30.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said the outcome showed the power of people doing the right thing by reporting illegal activity through Fishwatch.

"The majority of fishers do the right thing and really hate to see someone breaking our fishing rules, Minister Basham said.

"Our bag and boat limits are in place to ensure we can continue to fish for these species into the future.

"It's important anyone who is doing the wrong thing is caught and punished which is exactly what has happened here.

"I thank the person who made the call that day which has led to this outcome and I encourage anyone who sees illegal or suspicious behaviour to contact Fishwatch.

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

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