Pair fined $4500 for exceeding Southern Calamari bag limit

Pair fined $4500 for exceeding Southern Calamari bag limit

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POACHERS: The illegal catch weighed more than 35 kilograms, and included 83 Southern Calamari.

POACHERS: The illegal catch weighed more than 35 kilograms, and included 83 Southern Calamari.

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A man and woman exceeding the daily bag limit of Southern Calamari have been fined more than $4500.

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A man and woman who significantly exceeded the daily bag limit of Southern Calamari have been fined more than $4500.

The pair were detected at the Rogues Point boat ramp with a catch of 83 Southern Calamari, weighing more than 35 kilograms. This exceeded the daily bag limit of 15 squid per person.

Appearing in the Kadina Magistrates Court late last month, the man and woman pleaded guilty to the offence, and were each fined $2250.

Their fishing gear was forfeited.

Poachers taking more than their fair share will be caught. - TIM WHETSTONE

Primary Industries Minister Tim Whetstone said adhering to the fishing limits was essential.

"The bag and size limits are in place to ensure our popular fish species continues to thrive," he said.

"The significant fines and seizure of fishing gear from this case should send a very strong message to those who are tempted to break the rules.

"The majority of recreational fishers do the right thing, they respect the fish stocks and the fishing limits. However, poachers taking more than their fair share will be caught."

Anyone with information about illegal fishing activity is urged to call Fishwatch on 1800 065 522, or file a report on the SA Recreational Fishing Guide app.

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