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Moreton Bay fisher nets $8,000 fine

A commercial fisher has been fined $8,000 over fishing-related charges in the Cleveland Magistrates Court.

The man pleaded guilty to three charges of wilfully entering and using the Moreton Bay Marine Park for a prohibited purpose, namely fishing, on 10 September last year.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers using electronic vessel monitoring equipment subsequently identified that the fisher was near North Stradbroke Island and an investigation identified that fishing had occurred in the marine park.

A Department of Environment, Science and Innovation spokesperson said the Moreton Bay Marine Park contained internationally significant wetlands and seagrass meadows and was habitat to a number of significant land and water species.

All forms of fishing are prohibited in Marine National Park Zones within the marine park and significant penalties can apply, including a maximum fine of $464,400 for an individual.

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