Two men have fronted court following a string of illegal fishing activity in the region.
Two men, a 49-year-old and a 58-year-old, were arrested on June 27 on the Macquarie River, downstream of Warren following a covert surveillance operation involving NSW DPI Fisheries officers and NSW Police Rural Crime Unit officers.
Director for Fisheries compliance, Dr Andrew Moriarty said that seven fish traps, nine Golden Perch, a Murray Cod, a grapnel and a boat, motor and trailer were seized during the operation.
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Both men faced Dubbo Local Court on July 2, on charges under the Fisheries Management Act 1994 for unlawfully using traps, possessing fish illegally taken as well as using excess and unattended lines.
The 49-year-old Dubbo man was ordered to pay $3300 in fines and issued two seven-month terms of imprisonment to be served by way of intensive correction order.
He was also given a prohibition order preventing him from fishing in NSW inland waters west of the Great Dividing Range for a period of five years.
"The prohibition order also prohibits the man being in possession of any rigged hand lines, being in possession of specified inland fish species, being in possession of nets or traps and being on board any boat that has fishing gear or being used to carry out any fishing activities in inland waters over the five-year period," Dr Moriarty said.
The 58-year-old Wongarbon man was ordered to pay $4900 in fines and costs.
Dr Moriarty advised that this sort of behaviour would not be tolerated, and Fisheries Officers would continue to crack down on illegal fishing activity.
"The blatant disregard for fisheries rules and regulations has serious consequences especially if you are a repeat offender," he said.
"Not being able to fish for five years is a significant impost for anyone that likes to fish, plus there's the added deterrent of hefty penalties if these individuals are found breaching the prohibition order."
The maximum penalty for breaching a prohibition order is $22,000 and/or 12 months imprisonment.
"Fisheries rules and regulations are in place to protect and conserve fish stocks and fishing opportunities for current and future generations, and this type of illegal fishing detracts from all the hard work fisheries officers, and the community do to ensure access to healthy fish stocks for the community of NSW," Dr Moriarty said.
To report illegal fishing, call the Fishers Watch phone line 1800 043 536 or report online via the FishSmart NSW app or at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au