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Fishermen Facing Charges


AUSTRALIA - A Warrnambool-based commercial rock lobster fisherman is expected to be charged on summons after allegedly setting pots in the 12 Apostles Marine National Park near Port Campbell.

Fisheries officers were alerted by a phone call to the 24-hour reporting line, 13 FISH (13 3474) and intercepted a fishing vessel as it was heading back to port.

Meanwhile, a 55-year-old South Australian commercial fisher was convicted and fined $5,000 in the Portland Magistrates’ Court this week for rock lobster fishing inside Victorian waters during the closed season.

Ian Maxwell Perryman from Port MacDonnell pleaded guilty to three charges relating to the unauthorised use of commercial fishing equipment during a closed season and attempting to take rock lobster during a closed season.