Tasmanian fishing company fined record amount for diesel spill at Hobart wharf

A fishing company has been given a record fine for a discharge of oil into Tasmanian waters. Australian Longline was fined $40,000 and the captain of its boat, the Janas, was fined $5,000. The ship spilt 400 litres of diesel into the River Derwent on November 5, 2015. The previous biggest fine given to a company in Tasmania for the same offence previously was $9,000. The Hobart Magistrates Court heard the spill created a 400-metre slick in an area inhabited by the endangered spotted handfish and Derwent sea star. click here to read the story 10:31