The NSW DPI says the 56-year-old and 25-year-old, both from Harrington, were under surveillance for some time during ‘Operation Antennae’ before officers caught the men on February 23.
At the time, the 25-year-old was found to be in possession of 40 eastern rock lobsters, two of them being oversized.
The DPI believes the lobsters, worth around $3,800 on the market, were taken illegally by use of a prawn net from the 56-year-old man’s offshore trawler.
The pair were found guilty at Newcastle Local Court earlier this month.
The 56-year-old was issued with $14,000 in penalties and ordered to pay an additional $22,000 penalty relating to the market value of the catch, he was also placed on a two year good behaviour bond.
The 25-year-old was placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond, and issued with $6,000 in penalties.