CAMPERDOWN fish and chip shop operators have appeared in court and been released on bail charged by police with offences.
Mustafa Meric, of Barkly Street, Camperdown and Burhan Tolga Meric, of Hopetoun Street, Camperdown, appeared in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court for a mention hearing.
They were bailed to live at their addresses, with the condition they report to the Camperdown police station each Monday.
They will be back in court to face fisheries department charges on October 8.
Mustafa Meric has been charged with 80 fisheries offences.
Lawyer Ian Pugh said he was still waiting to receive briefs of evidence from fisheries officers.
Mr Pugh said his client own and operated a business in Camperdown, they were well known and involved in the town’s State Emergency Service unit.
He said they were not a flight risk but because of their religion could have to travel to Turkey quickly for funerals.
“They work six days a week,” he said.