Australia convicts 7th in trafficking case
An Australian court has convicted a seventh person in the largest abalone trafficking case in the State of South Australia’s history.
Dang Duong, or Pooraka, was found guilty of possessing 70 abalone, and ordered to pay fines, penalties and court costs totaling AUD 9,452 (USD 8,987, EUR 6,707).
Fisheries Minister Gail Gago said the 2010 investigation led to three arrests and seven convictions. In all, the defendants trafficked 480 kg of abalone.
“The extensive investigation and strong court outcomes send a clear message that activities which undermine the sustainability of our fisheries will not be tolerated,” Gago said.
Gago said the investigation should send a warning not just to those catching fish, but to seafood buyers as well.
“Our intelligence and investigation units target not only those illegally taking abalone, but also individuals and businesses that purchase or receive illegally taken fish,” Gago said. “Buyers should be aware that their involvement can also result in significant penalties, and the public should ensure they only purchase abalone or any other fish from licensed fishers, registered fish processors or legitimate retail outlets.”