Repeat offender fined for Murray crayfish offences

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A MAN has been convicted and fined $3,000 plus court costs after pleading guilty on 20 May 2021 to NSW Murray crayfish offences.

The repeat offender was found guilty of:

  • Fishing in closed waters
  • Using more than the prescribed amount of fishing gear
  • Take and possession of prohibited size Murray Crayfish
  • Murray Crayfish carrying ova externally

Nine hoop nets and one cooked Murray crayfish carrying ova were seized by fisheries officers. Two live prohibited size Murray crayfish were returned to the water. Murray crayfish are a listed threatened species and are subject to strict fishing rules.

In NSW, Murray crayfish have a minimum size of 10cm and a maximum size of 12cm in carapace length and must be measured in the prescribed manner upon capture and returned to the water as quickly as possible if not falling within the prescribed length. Murray crayfish have a daily take limit of two and a total possession limit of four.

Murray Crayfish carrying ova (eggs) must be returned to the water immediately with the least possible injury.

During the open season of June, July and August, Murray crayfish can only be taken from prescribed areas of the Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers.

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: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au

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