reporting illegal fishing activity
Posted 05 May 2003 - 08:20 PM
then why arn 't you squid enthusiasts attempting to deteter illagal catches of squid.
The other day vietnamese got done on mornington jetty with 110 squid between two people. And no one dobbed shame shame shame i expected a person to at least ring fisheries or police to notify them of this illegal operation police and fisheries are helpful and will prosecute these vermin for poaching illegal quantities.
Posted 06 May 2003 - 12:58 AM
While I undrestand your anger it is very very hard to get people busted
for over fishing
Have you ever tried to call fisheries on the weekend ( or at anytime for that matter) when most people fish
They will tell you that either no one is available and ask you to take their details such as car rego numbers.
Sure no worries, as if Im going to stop fishing pack up my rods and follow this guy to his car then get out a pen and paper and take down his rego
Forget it its not going to happen because Im not going to risk getting my head beat in by some guy whos taken a few more squid than he should of
I have seen shotguns pulled out in carparks
I agree that the amount of squid you said this gentleman was very excessive
but when you fish you tend to be concentating on fish rather than counting how many fish the guy near you has.
Its not only squid that are taken over limit Ileagal fishing is not just resticted to on species
I suggest you vent your anger fisheries and not just at one group of fisherman
Posted 06 May 2003 - 12:54 PM
call fisheries if you can. hopefully they can do something.
if they are busy, we should be grateful they are actually out working!
we can't catch every criminal. if we could then the fisheries budget would be so big we would
need to shut down a few hospitals to get the money!
the number of fisheries officers was increased by a fair bit when the marine parks were introduced.
Posted 06 May 2003 - 02:05 PM
I'm all for tracking these poachers via their car rego.
I'm sure the fisheries would actually keep a database on all reported incidents and if these idiots are doing it all the time, then they could see the history of these culprits.
How hard is it to memorize 6 digits? If you going to do it, dont make it obvious.
I'll end this with a wise quote;
"Evil provails when good men fail to act"
Did anyone see that documentary on Abalone poachers, all that juicy stuff like;
orginised crime behind it, making more $$ than the drug scene with minimal criminal risk.
A convoy of 12 modified cars with their fuel tank modified to smuggle the abalone.
I suppose this is proof we need heavier policing of the waterways.
Posted 07 May 2003 - 07:10 AM
We may not have enough information to enable them to catch the mongrels, but at least we are doing something.
If enough people complain about the same place with the same offence, the fisheries people will put two and two together and raid the jetty or ramp, possibly at the right time.
I know the Safety Beach ramp gets its fair share of searches. So does Flinders jetty. And ..... they catch and fine their fair share. : :
Let' not be complacent because we think we can't get these mongrels arrested. Let's have a go at cleaning up this sport so that all of us can enjoy a fair catch.
Posted 07 May 2003 - 02:45 PM
"Tougher on Fisheries Offences
The Victorian Government is committed to the protection of the State’s valuable
fish resources and the vital industries they support. Feedback from both
industry and recreational fisher representatives over time has indicated the
need for an enhanced reporting system for illegal fishing activities.
The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has been trialing a 24-hour, 7 day a
week “Statewide Fisheries Offence Reporting System”.
An investment of $1.05 million has been allocated to further enhance the pilot
hotline for reporting suspected illegal fishing activities covering the entire state."
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