Fishers must report all catch – even catch for personal use

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is reminding fishers that ‘take home packs’ no longer exist.

In 2014, the arrangements that allowed fishers in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery, and Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery, to dispose of fish upon landing for personal use without recording the relevant weights was removed.

If fishers plan to dispose of landed fish for personal use they must ensure all species and weights are accurately recorded in their catch disposal records (CDRs) and logbooks.

Not reporting catch is an offence under the Fisheries Management Act 1991.

Fishers found not complying with the rules and regulations will be subject to compliance action which may include on the spot fines up to $2,664 for an individual or $13,320 for a company.

Accurately reporting all catch is essential to ensure the sustainability of Commonwealth fish stocks.

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