Fisheries Minister praises illegal fishing punishment
The Federal Fisheries Minister says jail sentences and fines handed to two illegal fishermen reflect the Government’s view about the seriousness of the offences.
Two men were found guilty in the Northern Territory Supreme Court yesterday of operating a foreign boat for commercial fishing, carrying fishing equipment on a foreign boat, and resisting Commonwealth officials.
They were sentenced to three months’ jail and ordered to pay a fine of $100,000 each.
Senator Ian Macdonald says it sends a clear message to illegal fishermen that the practice will not be tolerated in Australian waters.
“These offences are becoming all too prevalent and the evasive action taken could have endangered the lives of customs officers personnel,” he said.
“I think it’s very important that this message is heard loud and clear by other would-be illegal fishermen.”