Heavy fine for whitebait poachers

This haul of whitebait cost the offenders over $3500.00.

Two men  appeared in the Launceston Magistrates Court on Tuesday 21 May 2013 and pleaded guilty to taking and possessing 2.65 kilograms of whitebait, and to using a non permitted net at the Tomahawk River during October 2012. The court heard that Inland Fisheries Officers apprehended the defendants at the Tomahawk River which is a closed water for the taking of whitebait at all times. The defendants received total fines, special penalties and costs of $3,570.60.

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