Appeal to identify rogue angler
THE Victorian Fisheries Authority is appealing for information or witnesses relating to the dumping of several large southern bluefin tuna in the Barwon River, near Geelong.
Two tuna, weighing about 100kg each, were discovered by Fisheries Officers on Sunday afternoon about 3km upstream from the boat ramp at Barwon Heads.
A spokesman said this behaviour is at odds with angler attitudes and the ethos of ‘caring for the catch’ and being a ‘tuna champion’.
“Southern bluefin tuna are a ‘priority species’ in Victoria and afforded special protection, including a state-wide possession limit of two fish in carcass form or less than 160kg in any other form,” the spokesman said.
“This is the maximum number anyone can possess at any one time anywhere in Victoria, including your home.
“People with more than the possession limit face penalties of up to five years imprisonment.”
Anyone with information: call 13FISH (133 474).