Fisheries Intelligence Reporting Line
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If you suspect illegal fishing activity, call our fisheries intelligence reporting line on 13FISH (ph.13 3474).
Helpful information includes:
- Time and date of activity and if observed activity is continuing or has finished
- Number of people involved
- Vehicle / boat registration
All information will be treated in strict confidence.
Information provided will assist in planning patrols and enforcement operations when no immediate field response is possible.
General fisheries telephone enquiries should always be directed to the Customer Service Centre 136 186
The 13FISH line has had a major impact on organised abalone poaching, illegal fishing in marine parks and netting offences including these examples.
13FISH Stats 1 October 2012 – 31 December 2012
|Quarter 1||Quarter 2||Quarter 3||Year to Date|
|Total 13FISH calls received||238||450||626
|Infringement notices issued||18||25||61
|Official warnings issued||6||6||39
|Information reports submitted||27||64||139
|Offence type||Number of calls Quarter 1||Number of calls Quarter 2||Number of calls Quarter 3
||Year to Date|
|Commercial Fish Marine||13||49||32
|Recreational Fish Marine||76||132||136
|Commercial Rock Lobster||1||1||1
|Recreational Rock Lobster||0||4||1
|Marine Protected Areas||25||31||67
|Commercial Equipment Inland||10||23||34
31 Dec 2012 update
Since the inception of 13FISH in 2003, more than 17,514 calls have resulted in:
- the issuing of 1,200 infringement notices
- 144 court prosecutions
- 2,770 intelligence reports generated
- the seizure of countless pieces of fishing equipment, and
- a number of significant investigations undertaken.