Big fines for Callop violations
Illegal activity related to Callop taken from SA waters has resulted in fines of around $20,000 in two separate incidents.
In early April, the Berri Magistrates Court imposed a $5,900 penalty on a Truro man convicted for taking almost six times over the bag limit for Callop.
The man was detected near Lock 4 by Fisheries Officers in June 2018 in possession of 39 Callop – well in excess of the daily bag limit of five per person.
This outcome follows the conviction of a husband and wife in January this year, for illegally selling fish caught by a recreational fisher.
The Ferryden Park couple were convicted and received fines and court costs totalling more than $13,000 for purchasing and selling 27 Callop in their northern suburbs grocery store in early 2018.
The penalties demonstrate that there is little to gain and hefty penalties that apply for those who choose to deliberately defy fishing rules.
Fishers are reminded that:
- A daily bag limit of 5 Callop per person applies.
- It is illegal for recreational fishers to buy, sell or trade their catch.
- It is an offence to purchase fish that have been caught illegally. Fish can only be purchased when it has been caught by an appropriately licensed commercial fisher.
Suspicious or illegal fishing activity can be reported to Fishwatch 1800 065 522 or via the SA Recreational Fishing Guide smartphone app.