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Fisheries offences
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Charges - Fisheries offences - Darwin

Tuesday 05-Mar-2019 09:35

A 50-year-old male operating a commercial crabbing operation has been issued a Notice to Appear by the Water Police Section (WPS) over a number of fisheries offences.

On Monday 25 February 2019 WPS members conducted a routine patrol of Salt Water Arm targeting marine and fisheries offences. 

The male was stopped on the Salt Water Arm road and was directed to take part in a full inspection of his operation.

A number of offences were identified which resulted in his vessel and 47 crab pots being seized.

The male was issued with a Notice to Appear in Darwin Local Court for:

  • Fish unlicensed x 3
  • Possess undersized mud crabs
  • Possess commercially unsuitable mud crabs
  • Fail to process mud crabs as soon as practicable
  • Possess managed species (Barramundi)

Further charges for the male are possible.

A number of the mud crabs seized by police were released at Salt Water Arm later that evening.

Further investigation of the incident led to a 46-year-old male being issued with a Notice to Appear for:

  • Attempt to pervert the course of justice
  • Person in charge of fishing operation not appointed