Anger over illegal fishing in Botany Bay

Not measuring up: Bream, snapper, flathead and trevally seized by fisheries. Pictures: NSWDPI
Not measuring up: Bream, snapper, flathead and trevally seized by fisheries. Pictures: NSWDPI

RE ''Fisheries hook offenders over illegal fish hauls'' (Leader, May 22).

Fine them hard, confiscate their gear and take their licenses. So many of us practice catch and release these days, to what avail if the babies get taken .... makes me so angry.

Brendon Green

They need penalise the parasites that fish along Scarborough Park and the surrounding ponds and patrol that area. The ponds have become a free for all taking all the baby fish to be used as bait. For years they have been getting away with it. It's disgusting.

Julie Marie

Majority of those fish come into the estuary to breed and the fry stay until they are old enough to venture out. So sad.

Olivia

It happens all the time at Bare Island too. Better legislation needed for sure, and help with appropriate reinforcement.

Erika Suggett

About bloody time! I have informed Maritime of "anglers" targeting undersized fish, pointed them out, and told they will not take action. So, with long rods and tiny hooks they pilfer undersized fish with impunity.

David McVicar

I've seen people fishing off the bridges all the time and anything they catch they throw into there buckets been happening for years.

Adam Walton

Good to hear, I hope the serious offenders get clobbered with substantial court fines too!

Mark Herron