Greedy pipi catchers cop $10,000 fine in Noosa court

GREEDY pipi catchers have copped $10,000 in fines in the Noosa Magistrates Court.

Three people were fined over two incidents at Teewah Beach, north of Noosa.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Brett Depper said a recent patrol found a family of seven who had collected 865 pipis.

Mr Depper said they were only allowed 350 pipis, given the legal possession limit of 50 per person.

He said the 515 excess pipis were seized and returned to the water alive.

Two adults were fined $4000 each. Mr Depper said the fines showed "not knowing the rules is not an acceptable excuse for breaking the law."

Mr Depper said in a second incident on the same day, a man refused to allow fisheries officers to inspect his catch of pipis.

"On seeing the fisheries officers, the man ran towards the surf with a bucket," he said.

"The officers gave the man lawful directions to stop and put the

bucket down, however, the man continued to run and empty the bucket of pipis into the surf."

The man was fined $2000 for obstructing fisheries officers.

A department spokesman said species limits were in place to ensure the stocks and sustainability of the region.

For information on Queensland fishing rules, go to fisheries.qld.gov.au, phone 132523 or download the Qld Fishing app.


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