A fisherman has been fined $12,000 in the Townsville Magistrates Court for a range of offences in the Blacksoil Creek area.
The Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol were alerted to the activity after a tip off from a member of the public.
The fisher pleaded guilty to possessing:
The Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol monitored the fisher's activities in Blacksoil Creek south of Townsville over the course of a month through active surveillance including drones.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said it was a great example of the QBFP using latest technology to build a case against repeat offending.
Mr Furner said while the vast majority of fishers did the right thing, offenders would be detected and they would be prosecuted.
"QBFP first became aware of this fisher's activities as a result of information provided via the toll-free 24-hour Fishwatch 1800 017 116 Hotline," he said.
"All fishers need to be aware of the laws that ensure the sustainability of our fisheries resources.
"This prosecution outcome is a powerful reminder offending is not supported by our community and penalties can be severe."
Information regarding Queensland's fishing regulations can be found on the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website.
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