Abalone poacher jailed

A POACHER in South East waters has been jailed for abalone trafficking following a joint operation three years ago by Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) with the support of the South Australia Police (SAPOL).

In December 2014, Christopher Phillips, 40, was found carrying 102 (mostly undersized) abalone in his possession near Cape Douglas, well in excess of the daily limit.

A subsequent search of his premises located an additional 108 abalone shells, many of which were undersized.

Appearing in the Adelaide Magistrates Court recently, the Mount Gambier man was found guilty of possession and trafficking of a commercial quantity of abalone


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