Hobby fish farmer threatened over licensing fee dispute

BUREAUCRACY GONE MAD: Vietnam vet Neville Telford’s landbased aquaculture licence was suspended by the department of primary industries after he refused to pay an exorbitant annual fee to continue to run his hobby trout farm. Picture: BRITTANY DENTON

A LOCAL hobby fish farmer claims he was “backed into a corner” and threatened by the Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA).

Neville Telford operates a hobby fish farm and fly fishing lodge accommodation at Mount Schank and sells a small amount of surplus trout to supplement his pension.

When annual licensing fees increased by a whopping 900 percent in 2016, Mr Telford thought something was

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