The Fisheries Department has urged people to keep an eye on their local fishing areas following the prosecution of a man for illegal cray fishing near Carnarvon.
Patrick Donald Daniels was this week fined almost $30,000 for taking nearly 200 rock lobster from closed waters at Quobba Point in 2008.
He was reported to the Department by a member of the public.
John Looby from Fisheries says the Department relies on people to report suspicious activity.
“Local communities, especially small communities, are very protective of their own fish resources and are fairly more active than in other areas where you have large populations,” he said.
“You try and encourage people to ring on our Fish Watch number if they see anything suspicious because often it’s just that one piece of information that provides the starting point for an investigation.”