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Ningaloo spear gun conviction

$1200 penalty for taking a cray and a trout.

STAFF REPORTER

A 23-year-old man from the Kwinana suburb of Wellard has pleaded guilty of fishing offences in the Ningaloo Marine Park.

On Tuesday, the Exmouth Magistrates Court heard that Cameron Bates had illegally used a spear gun to take an out of season ornate rock lobster and also a coronation trout, which is a prohibited catch, within Ningaloo Marine Park waters.

The three offences Bates was charged with occurred on August 4, 2014.

The magistrate handed down a fine of $700 for the offences, plus further mandatory penalties of $510 and court costs of $169.10.

Department of Fisheries spokesman Matthew Kuhn said fishers needed to be aware of fishing rules, wherever they planned to fish in Western Australia.

“Marine protected areas such as the Ningaloo Marine Park are high value and have additional rules in place in order to protect vulnerable species and coral reef systems,” Mr Kuhn said.

“For example, within the Ningaloo Marine Park, you cannot spearfish for wrasse (Family Labridae) and cods/grouper (Family Serranidae).

“Fishers have a responsibility to make themselves aware of area specific rules prior to fishing.”

Photo: Angelo DeSantis, Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons attribution 2.0 licence.

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