|NT fishermen caught in Easter sting|
|Tuesday, 17 April 2012 12:16|
Police inspect the truck and its illegal catch. Picture: NT POLICE
Northern Territory police have netted fishermen behaving badly in a campaign on marine safety, fishing bag limits and road safety.
Police say hundreds of boats were inspected and a refrigerated truck and almost 120 fish were seized in one of the biggest weekends in the Top End fishing calendar.
Police focused on marine safety, fishing bag limits and road safety to and from fishing areas in locations between the Daly and East Alligator Rivers over the Easter long weekend.
Officer in Charge of the Water Police Section Acting Senior Sergeant James J O'Brien said most anglers did the right thing.
"Marine safety and catch inspections were carried out on almost 490 vessels both on and off the water while more than 370 drivers breath tested over the four days," Acting Senior Sergeant O'Brien said.
"Nine cautions were issued for out of date or no flares while two drivers will be summonsed for driving under the influence of alcohol.
"A tip off from the public at Dundee Beach led Water Police to stop a refrigerated truck heading to Darwin and a search of the truck uncovered 116 fish. The haul included 33 Golden Snapper, which are limited to five per person. The truck and the entire catch were seized.
"Three men, aged 41, 38 and 43, will be summonsed for exceeding their general possession limit and possessing more than five Golden Snapper."
Meanwhile a 41-year-old Driver man will be summonsed for exceeding the Black Jew Fish possession limit, Acting Senior Sergeant OâBrien said.
"He had his catch and esky confiscated after being stopped on Darwin Harbour."
Police warned they would continue to focus on catch limits and marine safety.
"You will see us in the coming months, both around Darwin Harbour and in regional fishing spots,â Acting Senior Sergeant OâBrien said.
"I encourage all anglers to ensure they have the necessary safety equipment for everyone on board and that they are well aware of catch possession limits."
Source: NT News
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