Esperance man fined over marron

An Esperance man has been fined $1,200 after being found guilty of possession of marron during a non-possession period.

The man pleaded guilty to the offence when he appeared in Esperance Magistrates Court on Tuesday, May 15.

The man was fined $1,200 and ordered to pay costs of $190.85.

The court heard around 8:50pm on Friday December 22, 2017 the man was fishing on Merivale Road before he was stopped by fisheries officers.

Officers found nine marron in a bucket beside him.

Defence lawyer Ashley Watson said the ordeal had affected the offender badly and he was having difficulty sleeping as a result of the incident.

Magistrate Hills-Wright said he believed the man was unlikely to commit the offence again.

“You’re a teacher, I am satisfied that you’re of good character and it is appropriate that you are relieved of the adverse consequences,” he said.

Currently, marron season runs from January 8 until February 5 and the offence carries a maximum penalty of $5,000.

Anyone with information on illegal fishing activities is urged to call FishWatch’s reporting line on 1800 815 507.