AN ULLADULLA skipper has been fined $4000 after being caught in Sydney selling undersized fish.
Department of Primary Industries, director of Fisheries Compliance, Glenn Tritton said the skipper of a South Coast based trawler was also placed on a good behaviour bond by Milton Local Court.
“Fisheries officers inspected the catch of a 49-year-old man from Ulladulla in Sydney in December 2012, after they suspected the majority of the fish were undersized,” Mr Tritton said.
“On inspection it was estimated that 90 per cent of the 1115 kilograms of silver trevally for sale
were of a prohibited size.”
The fish were seized by Fisheries officers and donated to Oz Harvest Food Rescue, a charity which collects food that would otherwise be discarded and distributes it to the disadvantaged.
Mr Tritton said that fishers must adhere to fish size limits or face the consequences.
“The retention of prohibited size fish and the filleting of fish at sea that are subject to a size limit will not be tolerated,” Mr Tritton said. “Minimum size limits have been put in place to allow fish to reach a size where they can breed and taking fish before they have reached this size can reduce our fish stocks for future generations.
“Any fish that is caught in NSW that is of a prohibited size must be returned to the water immediately.
“Fisheries officers will continue to bring fishers who ignore the rules before the courts to face severe penalties.”