Bundy man fined $5000 for taking bait fish from net
A BUNDABERG man has been ordered to pay more than $5000 for removing bait fish from someone else's fishing net.
David Adam Whillans, 40, failed to appear in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court today before the matter was dealt with in his absence.
On October 31, 2014 Whillans took the bait fish from a 48m commercial-style bait net in Palmers Creek at Innes Park.
Magistrate John Smith said Whillans had been present in court earlier in the year when the matter was listed for a hearing and his failure to appear yesterday meant to case could be dealt with ex parte.
He noted the maximum fine for unlawfully interfering with fishing apparatus was more than $56,000.
Mr Smith said the penalty should be a deterrent to other members of the public.
Whillans was fined $3500 and ordered to pay $2148 in legal fees and court costs.
He was given two months to pay the fine or he faces three month in jail.
If anyone suspects illegal fishing, they should report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 017 116 so that it can be investigated.
For more information on Queensland's fishing rules, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23.