The operator of a Camperdown fish and chip shop charged with selling illegally caught fish will plead guilty in February.
Mustafa Meric, of Barkly Street, Camperdown, appeared in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court, where defence counsel Ian Pugh indicated his client would enter guilty pleas to 79 Victorian fisheries department offences.
The charges include illegally selling fish that was taken without authority at Warrnambool, Apollo Bay, Portland and Bermagui in New South Wales; as well as possessing non-carcass or whole shark in excess of the state catch limit; and possessing commercial fishing equipment without authority.
Earlier this year, Mr Meric’s boat was seized by fisheries officers, along with a truck and a significant amount of fishing gear.
Mr Meric and Burhan Tolga Meric, of Hopetoun Street, Camperdown, are also charged with dealing with proceeds of crime and firearm charges.
Mr Pugh said the defence was considering their options for a plea on the criminal charges.
The pair were bailed to appear in Warrambool Magistrates Court on February 1.
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