illegal fishing Australia

Man fined over illegal fishing – A 38-year-old man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to illegal fishing near Cape Douglas.

Paul Robert Marks and Joseph George William Bowditch were fishing near Cape Douglas last year when fisheries officers allegedly found the men in possession of 24 lobsters, 11 of which belonged to Marks.

Marks appeared in Mt Gambier Magistrates Court yesterday for sentencing on four counts of illegal fishing, including catching undersized lobsters, exceeding the daily bag limit, failing to cut tail fins and using a fishing spear.

The court was told Bowditch has been convicted on similar illegal fishing offences, was fined and had equipment forfeited.

In sentencing Marks yesterday, magistrate Greg Clark considered the fines imposed on Bowditch, saying like offences should be treated alike.

He recorded a conviction and ordered Marks pay $810 in fines plus court and prosecution costs, which were slightly higher than Bowditch because Marks was also charged with using a fishing spear.

Equipment seized at the time of the offence was forfeited

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