Anzac Day anglers over tuna limit

A TRIO of anglers were detained at the Portland boat ramp on Anzac Day after allegedly exceeding the catch limit for southern bluefin tuna. 

DEPI regional fisheries officer Paul Millar said a search of their boat last Friday revealed 10 southern bluefin tuna and an amateur lobster pot.

“The men were questioned regarding allegedly exceeding the catch limit for southern bluefin tuna and possessing commercial fishing equipment,” Mr Millar said.

“All the tuna and the lobster pot were seized. It is expected the men will be summonsed to appear at Portland Magistrates Court later this year.” 

Mr Millar reminded anglers to be aware of the difference between southern bluefin tuna and albacore, while adhering to the legislated catch limit of two southern bluefin tuna and five albacore.

“Southern bluefin tuna is a Victorian priority species, with specific catch limits. Albacore are distinguished from southern bluefin tuna by their long pectoral fin and often school together and are caught at the same time.”

Mr Millar said inspections of tuna and albacore anglers would continue.

He said anyone with information catches to contact the 13FISH hotline on 133 474.

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