Fish­ing com­pli­ance checks

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

Fish­eries of­fi­cers have been con­duct­ing rou­tine uni­formed and plain clothes pa­trols of var­i­ous wa­ter­ways in the Rive­rina district over the hol­i­day pe­riod, to en­sure an­glers are com­ply­ing with NSW fish­ing reg­u­la­tions.

Wa­ter­ways have in­cluded the stretch of Mur­ray River be­tween Tocumwal and Swan Hill, as well as the Ed­ward River and its trib­u­taries around De­niliquin.

A spokesper­son said NSW Fish­eries has been gen­er­ally happy with the com­pli­ance rate over the hol­i­day pe­riod.

‘‘How­ever, of­fi­cers have de­tected a num­ber of al­leged breaches of fish­ing reg­u­la­tions, in­clud­ing pos­ses­sion of pro­hib­ited size fish, fish­ers fail­ing to pay the NSW recre­ational fish­ing fee or not car­ry­ing the of­fi­cial re­ceipt for pay­ment of the fish­ing fee in their im­me­di­ate pos­ses­sion, us­ing more than two hand held lines per per­son, leav­ing hand held lines unat­tended and mu­ti­lat­ing re­stricted species of fish,’’ the spokesper­son said.

‘‘New South Wales Fish­eries of­fi­cers will be out in force over the re­main­der of the hol­i­day sea­son, en­sur­ing fish­ers are com­pli­ant with state fish­eries leg­is­la­tion.’’

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing fish­ing laws in NSW can be ob­tained in sev­eral ways in­clud­ing the FishS­mart NSW app, by pick­ing up a copy of the NSW Recre­ational Fresh­wa­ter Fish­ing Guide from your lo­cal fish­ing li­cence agent, on­line at, or by con­tact­ing your near­est Fish­eries of­fi­cer.

The pub­lic is urged to re­port il­le­gal or sus­pected il­le­gal fish­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to the Fish­eries Watch phone line on 1800 043 536 (free call).

Rive­rina district fish­eries of­fi­cer Shaun Burke and fish­eries of­fi­cer Sean Leth­lean dur­ing a re­cent pa­trol. BE­LOW: Fish­eries of­fi­cers mea­sure a 50cm Mur­ray Cod, which is 5cm un­der the le­gal length.

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