Fishing compliance checks
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 www.dpi.nsw.gov.au, 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.