Opera house nets banned

Campaspe News - - NEWS -

OPERA house nets will be banned in all Vic­to­rian waters from July 1, 2019.

The nets will be phased out in Vic­to­ria with new open top lift nets now more read­ily avail­able to replace them.

Up un­til now, many fish­ers pur­chased opera house nets to tar­get yab­bies un­aware they couldn’t be used in pub­lic waters in Vic­to­ria.

Open top lift nets can be used in both pub­lic and pri­vate waters and have proven to be ef­fec­tive yabby catch­ers.

As part of the changes, a one-for-one trade-in is planned, whereby fish­ers can trade in their old opera house nets for free open top lift nets.

Tri­als have in­di­cated wildlife friendly gear such as open top lift nets and hoop nets can catch more yab­bies when fished ac­tively, so it’ll be even eas­ier to put yab­bies on the ta­ble.

The Vic­to­rian Fish­eries Author­ity will work with the fish­ing tackle sec­tor, an­glers and en­vi­ron­men­tal groups on an aware­ness cam­paign around wildlife friendly yabby gear lead­ing up to the 2019 dead­line.

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