A 75-year-old Territorian has been charged by police for possessing undersized crabs and exceeding the mud crab haul limit, NT Police said.
Water police were conducting safety and compliance checks on boats around Buffalo Creek on Sunday morning when they came upon the man in a dinghy returning to the boat ramp.
Police said they found the man with 25 mud crabs – in excess of the limit of 10 – including nine of those that were determined to be undersized.
Police allege the man was also using unmarked crab pots and cited him for not having proper safety equipment on board the dinghy.
“Getting out on the water and catching a feed is a treasured pastime we all enjoy in the Territory. We will hold those who abuse this privilege to account,” said Senior Sergeant Anthony Clarke.
“As for failing to carry the correct safety gear, that’s basic boating 101. If you can’t make sure your boat and your passengers are prepared, you shouldn’t be launching your vessel.”
Police said the 75-year-old man will appear in court in August to face charges including exceeding possession limit of mud crabs, possessing undersized crabs, using unmarked crab pots and breaching safety equipment in intermediate waters.