Two men have been issued more than $20,000 in fines and costs after being found guilty of lobster theft.
NSW DPI fisheries officers found a large quantity of Eastern Rock Lobsters (ERL's) contained in an esky which was being transported in their vehicle.
Fisheries officers received information from members of the public before stopping the vehicle on the Princes Highway at Nowra on July 12, 2018.
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They counted and measured the ERL's and found the men to be in possession of 86 ERL's - 48 of the lobsters were found to be of a prohibited size.
All the ERL were seized and released to the water.
ERL have a minimum size of 10.4cm, maximum size of 18cm, bag limit of two and possession limit of four.
The men received the fines and costs when appearing separately in court in 2019 and 2021.
Members of the public are urged to report suspected illegal fishing activity by calling the NSW DPI Fishers Watch service on 1800 043 536 or report it online at: https://fal.cn/3fdcD
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