Gladstone Court House, Yarroon Street.
Gladstone Court House, Yarroon Street. Brenda Strong

Crab claw brother done $7500 for illegal catch

JENNIES bit back this week when the illegally caught crabs nipped their catcher in his wallet - a fine of $7500.

Boyne Island fisher Rodney Weston Miller, 51, was fined after being busted with the remains of female crabs in his home freezer after already eating them.

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Rodney Miller did not front at the Gladstone Magistrates Court on Wednesday afternoon; instead he sent a letter admitting his guilt.

He pleaded guilty under the Qld Fisheries Act to being in unlawful possession of regulated fish - 17 female crabs on June 18 last year and an under sized male crab; and failing to comply with regulated fishing apparatus, with three commercial sized fishing nets.

In January his brother Ray Miller, 51, was fined $8000 for having illegal female crabs in his tinnie destined for a Christmas lunch and too many fish in his home freezer.

Fisheries field officer Ashley Meekings told magistrate Jeffrey Clarke that Rodney Miller "knew full well" using the nets was illegal but essentially went ahead and used them.

The three commercial fishing nets were found at his home.

Two were cast nets of 3.75 metre with 81mm mesh and 3.83 metre with 77mm mesh.

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The third was a 89.6 metre seine net with 65mm mesh.

The finds were made after Fisheries officers, issued with a search warrant had searched his property.

Rodney Miller admitted to possession and using the three nets, saying "he wasn't silly and knew he needed a licence for the commercial nets after having worked for his father fishing commercially.

He told the officers the nets had been given to him many years ago.

The female crab body parts came from 17 jennies and found in two freezers in a shed which contained three buckets of cooked crab pieces and some green uncooked crab shells.

He admitted catching and possessing the crabs.

Rodney Miller had no previous fisheries offences, a fact taken into account by Mr Clarke.

The magistrate found he had been cooperative and fined him $2500 for the nets and $5000 for the female crabs.


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