Caught crab catchers face court
TWO Gold Coast fishers have lost their boat and been fined $12,500 each in the Southport Magistrates Court for illegally taking dozens of crabs at Pimpama and hiding them in a secret compartment in their dinghy.
Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Jeff Krause said that following a tip off, officers approached the man and woman on March 14 last year, as they returned to the Pimpama Weir.
“The officers found more than 50 bags containing mud crabs hidden inside the bench seats,” Mr Krause said.
“They had 71 regulated crabs and one estuary cod. The boat had been extensively modified. Clearly this was not intended as a one off.”
The bag limit for mud crabs is ten crabs per person. Female mud crabs are not to be taken.