Sunday, 24 September 2017 Sydney
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Fish Processor Caught Out For Dishonest Reporting::

A Port Lincoln fish processor has been found guilty of purchasing illegally caught fish and deliberately falsifying records to conceal the transaction.

In October 2013, Jarn Jamison of Seapac Seafoods Pty Ltd and retail arm Austar Seafood Warehouse Pty Ltd, purchased 138kg of Gummy Shark from commercial marine scale fisher Glen Tonkin (who was not licensed to catch the species) and recorded the purchase as a shark species of less value.

Appearing in the Adelaide Magistrates Court, Jamison, Seapac Seafoods Pty Ltd and Austar Seafood Warehouse Pty Ltd, were found guilty of purchasing illegally caught fish and deliberately falsifying records to conceal the transaction.

Sentencing is scheduled for 11.30am on 27 October 2017 at Elizabeth Magistrates Court.

(Note: Tonkin’s case was heard earlier where he pleaded guilty to taking 138kg of Gummy Shark and failing to declare the shark as part of his catch return. He was convicted, ordered to pay fines and costs totalling $18 320 and received 100 demerit points.)

Quotes attributable to PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture Regional Manager Andrew Carr

South Australia has a well-managed fishing industry and it is disappointing when a processor flouts the rules to gain an unfair advantage; this can do long term reputational damage to the industry.

The majority of processors are doing the right thing to ensure credibility and productive working relationships within the seafood industry and the community.

Accurate and transparent recording of fish purchases and catches is a key to the effective management of state’s fisheries by PIRSA and all commercial fishing stakeholders.

Background

Commercial fishing activity is closely managed and monitored by PIRSA, with rules and regulations in place to protect long term sustainability and ensure all fishers have equitable access to the state’s aquatic resources. Details can be found here www.pir.sa.gov.au/fishing/commercial_fishing

Illegal or suspicious fishing activity can be reported to the 24-hour Fishwatch hotline on 1800 065 522 or through the free SA Recreational Fishing Guide app available via www.pir.sa.gov.au/recfishingapp