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Fish responsibly to avoid fines this Easter
« on: April 14, 2014, 09:24:14 PM »
Fish responsibly to avoid fines this Easter
14 Apr 2014 - NSW DPI

As fishers across the State prepare for one of the busiest periods on the water this year, they are being reminded to ensure they have a licence, are aware of the current bag and size limits and fish safely.
Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Acting Director Fisheries Compliance, Tony Andrews, said fisheries officers will be patrolling popular fishing areas such as the Hawkesbury, Central Coast, north coast, south coast and inland waterways.

“Easter is one of the most popular times of the year to drop a line but I would like to remind everyone who is fishing, just because you’re on holidays – it doesn’t mean our fisheries officers are,” Mr Andrews said.

“Additional fisheries officers from across the State will be patrolling NSW waterways up and down the coast and inland fishing spots to ensure everyone abides by recreational fishing rules, whilst taking good care of our precious beaches and waterways.

“Fishers must hold a current NSW recreational fishing licence, unless exempt, for any fishing activity including angling, prawning, shellfish gathering and spear fishing, and the licence must be carried on the person at all times when fishing.

“Anyone found without a licence faces a $200 on the spot fine. Additionally, a penalty of $75 can apply if you do not have the licence in your immediate possession.

“Fishers must follow the rules for bag and size limits and should only catch sufficient fish for their immediate needs and release all others using best practice catch and release techniques.”

NSW recreational fishing licences are available at more than 1000 outlets including bait and tackle shops, some Kmart stores and online or by calling 1300 369 365.

Licence fees are:
• 3 days - $7
• 1 month - $14
• 1 year - $35
• 3 years - $85

Details of bag and size limits can be seen in the 2013 NSW Recreational Fishing Guides, which are available on the DPI website

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