Caught: Illegal fishers fined almost every month

COMMERCIAL and recreational fishers are being urged to brush up on their zoning laws after figures from the state government show fines are handed out to anglers in the Great Sandy Strait almost once a month.

According to the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, in the last financial year, rangers issued 11 penalty infringement notices were given to people who were illegally fishing in the area.

Rangers may issue on-the-spot fines of $589 for fishing, crabbing or collecting in a green zone.  

The amount of warning given in the 2014-2015 period was 27; 11 more than the year before.

While the Great Sandy Strait is mostly a yellow zone, the area does include a number of green zones, which are "look but don't touch" areas.

A QPWS spokesperson said "low impact" activities including swimming, snorkelling, diving and boating were allowed in green zones, but marine plants, animals or products could not be taken from those areas.

"Where possible the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service prefers to take an educative approach but rangers may issue on-the-spot fines," the spokesperson said.

The type of offence determines how much a fisher will be fined for their actions.


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