Mandurah: hefty fines for undersized crabs

SEVENTEEN people were listed to appear in Mandurah Magistrates Court this morning accused of catching undersized crabs in the Mandurah Estuary.

Yi Chen, XueGuang Ge and Yunbin Lin were crabbing in Falcon in January.

Fisheries officers watched the three accused put crabs into their bucket.

When the men became aware they were being watched, Fisheries officers saw them throw the buckets in the bush.

More than 155 crabs were discovered by Fisheries officers, 152 of them were undersized.

During a recorded interview, Ge gave Fisheries officers a false name.

Lin and Chen were fined $500, and Ge was fined $1200. All men were ordered to pay a mandatory penalty of $1467.90.

Suliasi Mocevakaca was found guilty of using a net in closed waters

He was fined $500, ordered to pay a mandatory penalty of $2170, costs of $169.10 and his net was forfeited.

Xiyou Wang, Xiangliang Song and Yajuan Want were found guilty of possessing a totally protected fish.

Fisheries officers found them with 68 crabs, 63 of them were undersized.

Wang was fined $1000 and ordered to pay a mandatory penalty of $3150.

Song was fined $1000 all up and ordered to pay a mandatory penalty of $3150.

Wang was fined $500 and ordered to pay a mandatory penalty of $3150.

Ming Wu, Sun Wang, Mingyin Ng, Dunan Sun appeared on charges of having possession of 148 undersize crabs.

Their case was adjourned until 5th April so they can receive legal advice.

Xiang Gou Wang was found guilty of possessing a totally protected fish.

Fisheries officers found him with 33 crabs, 26 were undersized.

Wang was fined $500 and ordered to pay a mandatory penalty of $1300.

Siddharth Pradhan was found guilty of taking twice the legal bag limit.

He was found with 26 crabs, 13 of these were undersize.

Pradhan was fined $500 and ordered to pay a mandatory penalty of $1300,

Saxon Went was found guilty of possessing a totally protected fish.

He had 26 undersize crabs which exceeded the bag limit by 23.

Went was fined $500 and ordered to pay a mandatory penalty of $1300.

Supisara Hunt was found guilty of possessing a totally protected fish.

Fisheries officers found him with 66 undersized crabs.

He was fined $500 and ordered to pay a mandatory penalty of $3300.

Jun Xiang was charged with obstructing a Fisheries officer and possessing a totally protected fish. He will reappear on June 7.

Soolefai Emo was charged with contravening a provision of an order, he will reappear on May 16.

Ming Wu, Sun Wang, Mingyin Ng, Dunan Sun were accused of having joint possession of 148 undersize crabs.

They were adjourned until April 5 for legal advice.