Fishers reminded to read the signs
A REMINDER issued by the NSW DPI that Woolgoolga Headland is part of the Habitat Protection Zone of the Solitary Islands Marine Park contains a warning for fishers to observe the rules.
DPI manager for the Solitary Islands Marine Park, Nicole Strehling, said fishing and hand collection of fish and shellfish was permitted at Woolgoolga Headland, but must be in accordance with bag and size limits.
The Marine Park is home to animals such as snails, barnacles, limpets, oysters, crabs and starfish, and the use of different zones allows for the protection of them and their habitats while also supporting recreational fishing, Ms Strehling said.
“Collecting sea urchins and cunjevoi is not permitted at Woolgoolga Headland or in other Habitat Protection Zones of the Marine Park, while the collection of octopus from ocean rock platforms is not permitted in NSW.
“Anglers must also carry a Recreational Fishing Licence when fishing or collecting any shellfish or invertebrates.”
Fisheries officers undertake regular compliance patrols at Woolgoolga Headland and throughout the Solitary Islands Marine Park.
“Illegal fishing risks the future of our fisheries resources for legitimate recreational and commercial fishing,” Ms Strehling said.
“Advisory signage is installed at key foreshore locations to explain different zoning requirements and advisory guides are available from tackle shops, tourist information centres and DPI Fisheries offices.
“People found illegally fishing can expect severe consequences,” she said.
Suspected illegal fishing activity can be reported to 1800 043 536.