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Australian bass and estuary perch off the menu till September
28 May 2012 - NSW Fisheries

NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) is reminding anglers that the three month ban on taking Australian bass and estuary perch from all rivers and estuaries in NSW will commence on 1 June.

NSW DPI Inland Senior Fisheries Manager, Cameron Westaway, said the zero bag limit was introduced after feedback from the community during the three-year review into recreational fishing rules.

“The zero bag limit is designed to protect these great native sports fish species while they spawn,” Mr Westaway said.

“Both Australian bass and estuary perch form schools and migrate to parts of estuaries with the right salinity to trigger spawning.

"These important recreational fish are vulnerable to fishing when they are in large groups.”

Mr Westaway said the three month ban did not close any waters to fishing and would not affect anglers fishing for other estuary species, such as bream or flathead.

“Any Australian bass or estuary perch caught must be immediately returned to the water with the least possible harm," Mr Westaway said.

“Fisheries officers will be increasing their patrols of bass and estuary perch waters to advise anglers on fishing rules and to enforce size and bag limits for other species.

“Anyone caught retaining Australian bass or estuary perch can be issued with an on the spot penalty of $500.”

Mr Westaway said the zero bag limit does not apply to Australian bass and estuary perch caught in freshwater impoundments and dams, as they do not breed in these areas.

"All fish in freshwater impoundments, like Glenbawn Dam and Glennies Creek Dam in the Hunter Valley, Brogo Dam near Bega and Clarrie Hall and Toonumbar Dams in the northeast are stocked fisheries, and anglers may continue to fish for these species in those waters all year round," he said.

"NSW DPI stocks approximately 150,000 Australian bass in impoundments each year from our hatchery at Port Stephens Fisheries Institute, and also helps angling and community groups buy more than 100,000 Australian bass fingerlings each year for stocking under the Dollar-for-Dollar Native Fish Stocking program.”

Detailed information on fishing rules can be found on the www.fisheries.nsw.gov.au and at NSW DPI fisheries offices and most bait and tackle stores.



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