Random stop foils large abalone theft

The NSW Department of Primary Industries continues to target illegal abalone theft

Random stop foils large abalone theft
Random stop foils large abalone theft

Two men stopped by police for a random breath test on the NSW South Coast were allegedly found with hundreds of illegally fished abalone in their vehicle, NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Fisheries Compliance Manager, Glenn Tritton, said yesterday.

"NSW Police pulled over the car for a routine check at Quaama, near Cobargo, on June 18," Tritton said. "Upon searching the vehicle, police allegedly located a quantity of diving gear, along with two backpacks found to contain a quantity of shucked abalone meat.

"A NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Fisheries Officer attended the scene, locating 519 freshly shucked abalone in the two backpacks."

NSW Police will prepare Court Attendance Notices for the men, a 33 year old from Batemans Bay, and a 28 year old from Queanbeyan, with a DPI fisheries officer providing expert advice by way of a witness statement. The men are expected to face court charged with exceeding the daily bag limit for abalone, and shucking abalone adjacent to waters. The daily bag limit for abalone in NSW is two per person in waters open to the taking of abalone," said Tritton.

"Time after time we are seeing people continually flout the rules when it comes to abalone fishing. The laws are there for a reason – to protect the sustainability of the state’s fisheries resource.

"NSW DPI Fisheries officers will continue to target high risk offenders engaged in the illegal taking of abalone, and put them before the courts every time," added Tritton.

Information on illegal diving or fishing can be immediately reported to the Abalone Compliance Group on (02) 6499 8000, local DPI Fisheries offices or the Fisher’s Watch Phone Line on 1800 043 536.


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