While out inspecting the banks of Mutton Swamp south of Rupanyup, a team from Wimmera CMA found an opera house style net which contained dead turtles.
Wimmera CMA chief executive David Brennan said the nets have been banned for some time now.
"The opera house yabby net left behind probably caught most of the turtle population in that area," he said.
"Which is why they are banned in Victoria - they catch turtles, platypus, water rats and other species."
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Mr Brennan said opera house nets can be spotted around the area and Wimmera CWA made regular inspections.
"It's not that often but at the same time it's not uncommon. There are often illegal activities around these wetlands and we are in close contact with fisheries and adjoining land holders to make sure people do the right thing."
The opera house style nets can often be found in more isolated parts of rivers and creeks.
"This is a good reminder than opera house nets have been illegal now for over 12 months," Mr Brennan said.
"And a good reminder that these nets are not appropriate."
Opera house nets have been banned in Victoria since July 2019.
The fine for using this style net is $815.
This is the first opera house fishing net found this year by Wimmera CMA officers.
"We want to make sure the animals at the water areas are respected," Mr Brennan said.
To report illegal fishing or the use of illegal fishing gear, contact the 24 hour Victorian Fisheries Authority hotline on 13 FISH (13 3474).
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