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Trout poacher convicted

Brown trout captured in a migratory fish trap
Brown trout in a migratory fish trap on yingina/Great Lake

On Tuesday 16 April, in the Launceston Magistrates Court, a defendant appeared on Inland Fisheries charges. These related to the illegal taking of fish from Sandbanks Creek, yingina/Great Lake, during last year’s spawning run.

The defendant pled guilty and was convicted of disturbing spawning fish and assisting his friend to illegally take fish from the trap by holding a light. He was fined $500 plus Court costs.

With the spawning run starting, we remind you of the strict laws around the protection of spawning fish. You are most welcome to have a look at the fish in our traps, but you must not disturb or interfere with them in any way.

If you notice or hear of any illegal activity please call our Compliance Team on 0438 338 530. We need your help to protect our fishery.

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