South Coast abalone fisher nabbed

A licensed abalone fisher will be prosecuted after an end of season quota compliance operation.

A Sydney man, 32, allegedly landed 17.8 kilograms of live abalone in excess of his quota allocation when he was checked by fisheries officers in Merimbula in December.

The fisher allegedly failed to comply with hanging [storing the abalone at sea in containers] requirements and entered false and misleading information into his daily log book.

The Department of Primary Industries Director Fisheries Compliance Mr Tritton said the man will be charged with offences under the Fisheries Management (Abalone Share Management Plan) Regulation 2000, including contravene quota, provide false misleading information and fail to record hanging details in logbook.

He said each offence was an endorsement holder offence and carries a maximum penalty of $11,000.The abalone and the catch and effort logbook were seized by fisheries officers. 

The recreational possession limit for abalone in NSW is two per person and the minimum prescribed legal length is 11.7cm. 

Anyone with information on the illegal take, possession or sale of abalone in NSW: Fishers Watch, 1800 043 536. 

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