A new marine park patrol vessel has assisted National Parks and Wildlife Service SA rangers in detecting illegal fishing in SA sanctuary zones.
The 8.4 metre all-weather vessel will allow rangers to have a better capability to identify compliance incidents in sanctuary zones and respond quickly during the day and night.
Senior Ranger Darryl Cowan says fishing in a marine park sanctuary zone is no different to hunting in a national park. It interrupts the natural balance of the ecosystem.
Rangers recently observed a concerning number of fishing incidents within sanctuary zones across SA, most incidents involve people who are well aware of marine parks and sanctuary zones, but failed to check their location.
Fishers caught in sanctuary zones risk fines, court proceedings, confiscation of equipment and even imprisonment.
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