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Illegal catches of eastern cod
« on: October 27, 2013, 11:58:41 AM »
Illegal catches of eastern cod
NSWCoFA

Some fishers in the New England region are still doing the wrong thing, despite a three month fishing closure that is in place to protect a popular and endangered species, the eastern cod.

“Fisheries Officers stationed at Inverell have intercepted several fishers flaunting with the rules when it comes to fishing in the seasonal total fishing closure that applies to the Mann and Boyd Rivers in North East NSW,” says DPI Fisheries Compliance Director, Glenn Tritton.

“During the month of August, in separate incidents, three people were caught fishing on the Boyd River near Dalmorton.

“A man and a woman from Glen Innes and another man from Boambee, were each issued with $500 penalty notices for fishing in closed waters.

“In addition, the man and woman from Glen Innes were also each issued with $200 penalty notices for failing to pay the NSW recreational fishing fee.

“Two other men from Yamba in NSW and Palm Beach in Queensland were apprehended for being in possession of rigged fishing gear adjacent to the closed waters.

“Eastern  cod, similar to Murray cod and trout cod, are extremely vulnerable during their breeding season, due to the high level of parental care that they invest into protecting their eggs and their offspring, and fishers are encouraged to do their bit to protect them during the closure period.

Every year from August 1 to October 31, there is a total prohibition on all fishing using any fishing method in the waters of the Mann River and all of its tributaries (including the Boyd River) upstream of its junction with the Clarence River and the Nymboida River and all of its tributaries from its junction with the Mann River upstream to Platypus Flat.

The closure does not apply to notified trout waters which are regulated separately.

Once deposited in a ‘nest’, the Eastern (Freshwater) cod will guard its eggs against predators and they will attack anything that moves in close proximity to their nest and as a result they are very susceptible to any fishing activity which is why the total prohibition of fishing exists for the duration of their breeding season.

“Fisheries Officers will continue to enforce this and other fishing closures throughout the year, and anyone found in contravention of the rules will face heavy penalties,” Mr Tritton said.

“In addition to the closed waters regulations, any fishers found to be targeting or in possession of Eastern (Freshwater) cod at any time or at any location, face penalty notices of $2,500 with maximum penalties of up to $220,000 and/or 2 years imprisonment or both upon prosecution.

“Fisheries NSW is calling on the public to help in the fight to stop illegal fishing in the State’s North East.

“Everyone is encouraged to report illegal or suspicious fishing activity to the Inverell Fisheries Office by contacting 0419 185 532 or by contacting the Fishers’ Watch Phone line on 1800 043 536 or reporting online at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/compliance.”


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