Three men have been caught in possession of 1100 cockles – more than 20 times the legal individual limit – on the shore of Lake Illawarra.
Acting on information received from the public, NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) fisheries officers swooped on the men near the Tallawarra Power Station, at Yallah, recently.
According to NSW DPI, the men were found in possession of more than 1100 cockles and told officers they were unaware of the bag limit.
All three were issued penalty notices for having more cockles than the legal limit.
Excess cockles, totalling 990, were seized and returned to the water alive.
The possession limit for cockles is 50 per person and those collecting them need to have a current recreational fishing fee.
A cockle is an edible, bivalve mollusc.
- If you suspect illegal fishing activity, report it by calling Fishers Watch on 1800 043536 or online at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishe…/compliance/report-illegal-activity.