Fish off the menu…
A 59 year old Moruya man was caught allegedly using a 200m meshing net in a sanctuary zone within the Batemans Marine Park, near Moruya, on Christmas Eve.
NSW DPI Fisheries officers caught the man as he retrieved the illegal net, with a haul of Dusky Flathead, Mud Crabs, Whiting, Yellowfin Bream, Mullet and Luderick. The man, who was not a commercial fisher, may face court once investigations have been completed.
All of the fish, the meshing net and the man’s boat were seized. The mud crabs were returned to the water alive and the fish were retained as evidence.
NSW has a network of marine protected areas, incorporating sanctuary zones, to protect the biodiversity of the marine estate.
You can download a copy of the Batemans Marine Park User Guide here