NOT WORTH THE FINE: The crates of blue swimmer crabs that were seized.
NOT WORTH THE FINE: The crates of blue swimmer crabs that were seized. Contributed

Crab fisherman fined $8000

A BIRKDALE man has been fined $8000 and a conviction recorded in the Brisbane Magistrates Court for fisheries offences related to the commercial crab fishery.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol field officer James Hohenhaus said the man was a commercial fisher operating on Moreton Bay.

"QBFP conducted a search of the fisher's commercial vessel at the Raby Bay boat ramp and found 222 blue swimmer crabs with the carapace (shell) separated from the body," Mr Hohenhaus said.

"The crabs were concealed underneath legal crabs in the fish bins on the vessel.

"While there is no total catch limit for commercial catch of blue swimmer crabs, it is an offence to possess them with the shell missing, as it impedes measurement of the crabs.

"Offences like this are considered serious due to the impacts on the sustainability of the blue swimmer crab fishery should undersize crabs be taken by fishers."

For more information on crabbing rules, visit http://www.fisheries.qld.gov.au or on the Fisheries Qld Facebook page.

Gympie Times


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