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Glenn, Cardinia Catchment Landcare
President was doing a check at the creek on Monday and found 5
nets in the creek. Fortunately no platypus were injured or
Under the Fisheries Act
1995 offenders detected, possessing or using an opera house net
in or close to inland waters can be issued with a penalty
infringement notice or charged under summons to appear in court
and face a maximum fine of $11,300. Vessels and vehicles may
also be seized. Under the
Wildlife Act 1975 the maximum penalty for killing a platypus
is $5,500 and/or six months imprisonment.
Members of the public are encouraged to report the illegal use
of opera house nets by calling DSE on 136 186.
Yabby pots and opera house nets
The use or possession of yabby pots is prohibited in, on or
next to Victorian
Yabby pots include
opera house, pyramid and folding frame nets.
Yabby pots can only be used in private
inland waters such as farm dams where a maximum
of 3 pots applies.
In January 2012, regulations governing the use of pyramid
nets in the public waters of North West Victoria may change.
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