FISHERIES officers have apprehended a man on the Central Coast over his rock lobster catch.
The 47-year-old Holgate man was found with 12 eastern rock lobsters, six times the legal bag limit.
NSW Department of Primary Industries acting director fisheries compliance Patrick Tully said the alleged offences could, if proven, cost the man $44,000 or 12 months imprison.
Those penalties double for subsequent offences.
“Fisheries officers apprehended the man and seized the man’s diving equipment, catch bag and the lobsters," Mr Tully said.
“The man is expected to be issued with an attendance notice to face local court on charges of exceeding daily bag limit in circumstances of aggravation."
The daily bag limit in NSW is two lobsters per person, with sizes limited to between 10.4cm and 18cm..
“Lobsters are a prized species in NSW and fisheries officers conduct compliance operations targeting those involved in illegally taking and possessing lobsters," Mr Tully said.
“We will bring people found stealing these valuable species before the courts to face tough penalties including gaol sentences and large fines.”
Anyone with any information concerning the illegal take, possession or sale of lobsters in NSW should contact the Fishers Watch line on 1800 043 536.
Illegal fishing activity can also be reported online at www.fisheries.nsw.gov.au.