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Abalone Seized

Abalone Seized

Good Samaritan Foils Abalone Plot

A quick-thinking good Samaritan's phone call to the illegal fishing hotline 13FISH has allegedly foiled the plans for two illegal abalone fisherman in Port Fairy last week.

The two men, from Point Cook, were allegedly in possession of 89 abalones when they were apprehended by Fisheries Officers.

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Victorian Fisheries Authority State Manager Operations, Paul Shea, says that abalone are very popular with recreational divers for their eating qualities but most people obey the daily bag limits.

“The vast majority of fishers do the right thing by fishing responsibly and sustainably, including staying within catch limits.”

Mr Shea says that some of the best intelligence on illegal fishing comes from the public via the 13FISH (133474) number, which is monitored 24 hours a day by trained staff.

“Callers can remain anonymous and even if Fisheries Officers can’t respond immediately in the field, the information provided is valuable and contributes to planning future patrol and

The pair face penalties of fines of up to $40,000, 18 months imprisonment or both.

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