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, usually by taking fish home without it being counted against quota was removed.
If fishers plan to dispose of landed fish for personal use they must ensure they 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 $2,520 for an individual or $12,600 for a company.
Accurately reporting all catch is essential to ensure the sustainability of Commonwealth fish stocks.