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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Public assist Fisheries Officers through Fishers Watch report

On Wednesday September 22, Fisheries Officers received a report of a spearfisher who had allegedly taken a Wobbegong Shark from the waters off Kianinny Bay, near Tathra. The bag limit for recreational fishers, including spearfishers, for Wobbegong Sharks in NSW is zero. The excellent report from a member of the public contained some great images, including one of the alleged offender’s vehicle and number plate.

Fisheries Officers were able to use the information contained within the FisherWatch report. They applied for and were granted a search warrant for the alleged offender’s residence as well as obtaining witness statements and devising a plan to execute the search warrant, in company with Eden Water Police and Bega Detectives.

The search warrant was executed later that day. 2.78kg of Wobbegong Shark flesh was located inside the fridge, as well as related diving equipment, including a speargun at the premises. The alleged offender was formally interviewed the following week. During the interview, the offender admitted to unlawfully taking the Wobbegong Shark. He will now face sanctions in relation to the offence.

Fisheries Officers work various shifts throughout the week, including nights weekends and public holidays, and cover all areas of NSW. Members of the public play a vital role in protecting our valuable fisheries resources. Detailed information such as time, date, location, descriptions of people/activity involved, vehicle and vessel descriptions (including registration numbers) and any photos/videos that can be safely taken is all invaluable to Fisheries Officers.

The public is encouraged to report illegal or suspected illegal fishing activity to the Fishers Watch Phoneline on 1800 043 536 or report it online via the form at:


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