Monday, February 7, 2011

Australia: Arrests over Hidden Abalone Haul

Two Melbourne men will be charged on summons after allegedly being caught at Altona at the weekend with an illegal haul of abalone in a hidden compartment of a portable icebox. The two men, a 45-year-old from West Footscray and a 32-year-old from Coolaroo, were arrested by Fisheries Victoria officers after the men returned to the Altona boat ramp with their vessel early on Saturday afternoon.

Fisheries Victoria Central Operations Manager Iain Bruce said it was alleged that one of the men used Scuba gear to dive to a reef under about three meters of water near the RAAF base at Point Cook and remove the abalone. Mr Bruce said the man was allegedly seen lifting several bags up from the water to his companion waiting in the vessel.

He said Fisheries Officers later approached the two men and inspected their vessel when they returned to the Altona boat ramp. Read more...

This blog is written by Martin Little The Aquaculturists, published and supported by the International Aquafeed Magazine from Perendale Publishers.

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