THE Department of Fisheries prosecuted two men in Mandurah Magistrates Court today for illegal use of lobster pots.
Daylen Nathan pleaded guilty to three counts of failing to mark lobster pots with ID numbers, four counts of removing lobster from pots that did not belong to him and one count of interfering with a pot.
The prosecutor told the court Nathan set a pot in the waters off Blue Bay in Halls Head on October 14, 2016 that belonged to his friend’s wife, but she was not on the boat with him.
It was not his boat.
The other offences took place throughout October 2016 involving these pots.
He was observed on November 7 last year taking four lobsters from this pot and one from a stranger’s pot.
Counsel for the accused said his client was careless.
“The sharing of pots happens between husbands and wives and friends,” he said.
Magistrate Anne Longden said Nathan demonstrated he was remorseful.
“You’re a family man with no criminal record,” she said.
“These offences are viewed seriously and it is made clear to you when you get your licence what the penalties are.
“You interfered with pots that didn’t belong to you and people view that dimly.”
Nathan was fined $4500 ordered to pay a $1000 mandatory penalty and costs of $188.
Kevin Allan Sexton sent in an endorsed guilty plea to being a person in possession of more than two pots.
On June 27, fisheries officers observed Sexton leaving Dawesville boat ramp alone.
He had four pots; two his and two his father’s.
Sexton did the same on June 28 and 29.
On June 30, he returned with his father and they took six lobsters.
He was fined $2500 and ordered to pay coats of $180.