Fisher fined for setting illegal net near Abbot Point
A RECREATIONAL fisher who set an illegal size fishing net on the beach north of Abbot Point in Far North Queensland, 'netted' a Fisheries Infringement Notice with a $1178 on-the-spot fine.
Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers on board the offshore vessel Peter Finglas found the net in front of the fisher's beachside camp.
A second fisher was fined $235 for not marking crab pots correctly.
It's an offence under Queensland fisheries regulations for recreational fishers to set a net.
Seine nets are allowed as long as they're not set or anchored in any way, no greater than 16 metres in length , have a maximum drop of 3m and a mesh size no more than 28mm.