Fishers pockets pipped $8000 after excessive take

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Exceeding pipi possession limits has seen two recreational fishers fined a total of $8000 in the Noosa Magistrates Court.

Fisheries Minister Mark Furner said the two fishers were caught on Teewah Beach with a total of 3591 pipis in June 2017.

“The possession limit for pipis in Queensland is 50 per person so the two fishers had in their possession 3491 more pipis than is legally permissible,” Mr Furner said.

“Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers found the pipis, with an estimated value of $900, in two black drums during an inspection of the fisher’s vehicle and retuned all pipis to the water.

“The large number of pipis found suggests they were taken for sale on the blackmarket.”

Mr Furner said the black market supply of fisheries resources such as pipis threatens the sustainability of the Queensland’s fisheries resources and consumers should only buy seafood from licensed suppliers.

“To address the black marketing of seafood, it is proposed to amend the Fisheries Act 1994 to strengthen the enforcement powers of Fisheries inspectors and the penalties for serious offences,” he said.

“There was overwhelming support for these changes through consultation, with more than 90 per cent of people supporting strong compliance powers and heavier penalties to address blackmarketing.”

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol (QBFP) Noosa District Officer Matthew Albiez said taking such a large number of pipis was a very serious offence

“Despite signs being present at the site, the fishers either ignored them or failed to make themselves aware of the limits that apply to recreational fishers,” Mr Albiez said.

“Possession limits exist to conserve and enhance the community’s fisheries resources and fish habitats to promote ecologically sustainable development.

“The very large number of pipis possessed by the fishers shows a lack of consideration for the potential consequences to fisheries stock in the future.”

Mr Albiez said exceeding possession limits was a prevalent offence in the Noosa district.

“From 1 July 2017 to 1 July 2018, 32 Fisheries Infringement Notices were issued and another 24 people were cautioned by QBFP in relation to these types of offences,” Mr Albiez said.

“These offences are difficult to detect but our valuable fisheries resources require protection if future generations are to enjoy them.

“Fishers have a responsibility to ensure they understand and are up-to-date with Queensland’s fishing rules.”

For more information on Queensland fishing rules, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au, call 13 25 23 or download the free ‘Qld Fishing’ app from Apple and Google app stores.

If you suspect illegal fishing report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
The Honourable Mark Furner

 
Fisheries Queensland : Queensland Government, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry :
GPO Box 46, Brisbane, Qld 4001, Queensland Wide
07 3404 6999
13 25 23
Fisheries Queensland : Queensland Government, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
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