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Summer reminder about yabby fishing rules
« on: January 01, 2015, 11:46:37 AM »
Summer reminder about yabby fishing rules
30 December 2014 - Vic DEPI

Recreational anglers are reminded that catch limits and equipment restrictions need to be heeded when fishing for freshwater yabbies in Victorian waterways.

Fisheries Victoria Executive Director Ross McGowan said daily catch limits applied to all Victorian waterways.

The daily catch limit for recreational anglers in, on or next to Victorian waters is 20 litres of whole yabbies, 150 individual yabbies, or five litres of yabby meat not exceeding 150 tails.

"These catch limits, and a requirement to return all berried females to the water, help share the catch between anglers and ensure the yabby fishery remains sustainable," Mr McGowan said.

"Additionally anglers must not possess more than 60 litres of whole yabbies, more than 400 individual yabbies, or more than 10 litres of yabby meat not exceeding 400 tails anywhere in Victoria.

Recreational anglers are reminded that equipment restrictions also apply to the harvest of yabbies, including limits on how many nets may be used in certain waters.

"Yabby pots, which include opera house nets, can't be used in public waters, but can be used in private waters, such as farm dams."

"Anglers can use or possess a total of 10 nets, whether recreational hoop nets or open-top lift nets in inland waters."

No more than five recreational hoop nets can be used in the Goulburn, Ovens, Glenelg, Latrobe, Tarra, Mitta Mitta and Kiewa river systems.

The same limit applies to Wodonga Creek, Ryans Creek, Waranga Basin, Carrol's Creek or in any tributary of those waters or any of their impounded waters.

"However Lake Eildon, Rocklands Reservoir or Lake Dartmouth have a limit of ten hoop nets."

Mr McGowan said nets, including bait nets, must be tagged with the user's full name and address, and must remain on or above the water's surface at all times.
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