Last week, illegal fishing at Port Wakefield resulted in an excessive catch of mulloway, threatening their sustainability in the area.
Authorities found the dumped fish in the mangroves, suspected to be part of an illegal netting operation.
The offenders couldn’t be located and the public’s help is sought to report any information related to the offense or other illegal fishing activities.
The Department of Primary Industry and Regions assured that the mulloway wouldn’t go to waste, being used for research.
Local fisherman Bart Butson expressed disappointment, noting the impact on fish stocks and honest fishermen’s livelihoods.
Mulloway is a prized species among recreational anglers and a rare find for commercial fishers.
If you have information, report it through the Recreational Fishing Smartphone App or the 24-hour Fishwatch number on 1800 065 522.