Fine for hindering Fisheries officers

A GIN Gin man has been fined $400 after refusing to let Fisheries Queensland officers measure the size of his fishing net at the Pialba Esplanade last June.

Ian Zane Little pleaded guilty in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday to obstructing an inspector after officers responded shortly after 3.40pm on June 19, 2013 to a complaint from the public about a net being used in the area.

The court heard Fisheries officers found a net, which they estimated was between 80-100m, in the water.

Three men approached the officers and told them the net belonged to the defendant.

The court heard the officers told the three men they were going to take the net to make sure it wasn't larger than the 80m size limit which native landholders are allowed to own.

Little then made his way on to the beach, picked up the net, refused to listen to officers despite being warned he would be charged and took the net inside a nearby residence.

Police were called to remove the net, which was returned to Little after fisheries found it to be the legal size.



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