Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Sentence Slammed by Group

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Sentence Slammed by Group

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Byline: Bill Hoffman bill.hoffman@scnews.com.au

SEA Shepherd has labelled as 'soft' penalties handed down to a Queensland Government shark contractor who faced 19 charges in the Gympie Magistrates Court this week.

Gregory Bruce Pearce, 40, was fined $3500 after pleading guilty to the 19 offences including unlawful possession of four shark fins belonging to animals greater than 1.5 metres in length.

He had also three tailor and eight mackerel which were under sized and had failed to lodge a monthly return for a commercial fishing log book, and failed to give all the information required via a sales docket.

Magistrate Chris Callaghan ruled that no conviction be recording, finding Pearce had shown a good deal of remorse and whose early guilt plea had saved the state a lot of money.

Sea Shepherd Australia representative, Jonathan Clark, said the 'soft' response from the justice system did nothing to serve marine life endangered by Mr Pearce's actions. …

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