Abalone industry backs $1.2 million fine

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Posted by on July 20, 2006 at 20:11:05:

In Reply to: Australia: believe in punishment for abalone poachers posted by on July 18, 2006 at 23:39:53:

Tasmania's Abalone Council has welcomed a $1.2 million fine imposed on a man convicted of illegal abalone trading.

David Wei Meng Lee has also been jailed for three months for receiving five consignments of illegal abalone meat from Tasmania at his Gold Coast seafood business in Queensland in 2001 and 2002.

Abalone council's president Dean Lisson says Lee's conviction and his hefty penalty will help deter others from getting involved in the illegal abalone trade.

He has praised Tasmania's marine police for their efforts.

"This case is the culmination of a long investigation that's been going on for about five years and I believe has resulted in some 15 convictions and the number of abalone involved was obviously quite significant, so the industry is pleased with the result, no doubt about it," he said.

Lee is appealing against his conviction and sentence.

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