10 February, 2023
Fines issued for fishing illegal in Lake Eacham
FINES totalling more than $700 were handed out after two people were caught fishing for red claw crayfish in Lake Eacham.
While on patrol of the lake in mid-January, Atherton police officers located a 23-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man, both from Wangan, allegedly fishing.
Lake Eacham and Lake Barrine are both in the Crater Lakes National Park and fishing is not permit-ted at either site.
The matters were referred to Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service for further investigation, with the pair issued with two infringement notices totalling $718. The woman was issued with a $143 fine for bringing a dog into a protected area while the man was issued with a $575 fine for using fishing equipment in a National Park.
Atherton Police Station officer-in-charge Acting Senior Sergeant Winfried Weiss said the community needed to be mindful in relation to illegal fishing, as large penalties could apply