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Illegal fishers netted in inland Easter hunt
« on: April 19, 2012, 07:03:27 PM »
Illegal fishers netted in inland Easter hunt
18 Apr 2012
Targeted patrols undertaken by NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) fisheries officers over the Easter long weekend have resulted in 160 offences being detected, with 83 penalty notices being issued across inland NSW.

NSW DPI Director of Fisheries Compliance, Glenn Tritton said teams of fisheries officers patrolled inland waterways throughout the State to detect and deter illegal activity, as well as provide fishing advice and information to anglers. 

“More than 1,350 fishers throughout inland NSW were checked by fisheries officers over the four day long weekend,”
Mr Tritton said.

“Overall most fishers were found to be enjoying their weekend’s fishing responsibly, however unfortunately there were some found not to be following the rules.

“Fisheries officers issued 83 penalty notices ranging from $75 to $500 for a variety of alleged offences including failure to hold a fishing licence, leaving handlines unattended, use of illegal fishing equipment and possession of fish illegally taken.

“A range of illegal gear was seized including yabby traps, hoop nets and setlines.

“In the Warren area two separate groups were found with 18 unattended lines. Fines of $500 for possession of excess lines and $100 for leaving handlines unattended were issued to those involved.”

Waterways patrolled over the weekend included the Murray River, Darling River, Gwydir River, Mehi River, Namoi River, Cox’s River, Macquarie River, Wallace Lake, Ben Chifley Dam, Windamere Dam, Burrendong Dam, Lachlan River, Lake Mulwala, Burrinjuck and Blowering Dams and the Snowy Mountains.

Mr Tritton said it is important that fishers follow the rules to ensure the long term sustainability of our fisheries resources.

“Across NSW we are seeing our rivers flowing again and some dams at full capacity after many years of drought, which can mean great opportunities for fishing enthusiasts,” Mr Tritton said.

“Before hitting the water, fishers must ensure that they are in possession of a current NSW recreational fishing licence, are aware of any fishing closures, gear restrictions and know the bag and size limits.

“Fishing responsibly will reduce the chance of over fishing and to ensure stocks remain at sustainable levels for present and future generations.”

A summary of the recreational fishing rules are available at www.fisheries.nsw.gov.au, and in the 2012 NSW Recreational Freshwater Fishing Guide. The free guides are available from NSW DPI offices, fishing licence agents and bait and tackle shops.



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