575 metre illegal net seized in NSW estuary

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All fish found in the net were returned to the water.

Fisheries Officers have seized a 575 metre illegal fishing net from Mooney Mooney Creek in NSW.

Officers patrolling the area recently located the net and after conducting surveillance intercepted a commercial fisher who arrived to check the net. 

The net was not marked with the fisher's details, had been set in excess of the permitted 3 hours, the fisher lacked a required by-catch discard chute on board his vessel and had failed to lodge a pre-fishing report prior to setting the net.

All fish found in the net were returned to the water and the fisher is expected to be issued court attendance notices for a range of offences that attract maximum penalties of $44,000 or 12 months imprisonment.

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