A MAN has been fined $1500 for giving a false name to Fisheries officers while spear fishing in a protected area.
Benjamin John Scarlett was convicted in his absence at Rockingham Magistrates Court on May 7 to possession of fishing gear on land adjacent to waters where use of that gear is prohibited and failing to supply fisheries officer with information.
The prosecutor said it was 9.30am on Sunday, December 10 when Scarlett came out of the water at Shoalwater Bay and was approached by Fisheries officers.
The officers inspected his gear and asked for his name to which Scarlett gave false details.
Magistrate Vivian Edwards gave him a global fine of $1500.