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Local fishers thinking of breaking fishing rules are set to be hit harder in fines, with heavier penalties for those who break the law.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said the recreational fishing sector has consistently said current fines are too low and not an effective deterrent which  This has been reiterated by the Minister’s Recreational Fishing Advisory Council.

Some of the new SA fishing fines have increased from $50, up to $625.

Expiation notices for undersize fish as well as breaches of bag limits were mainly unchanged since 1989.

In 2019 a Turuo man was fined nearly $6000 for having 39 Callop in his possession near Lock 4, well over the daily bag limit.

Anyone who thinks they see someone breaking fishing rules is urged to call fishwatch on 1800 065 522, or report it via the SA fishing App.

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