Fish­ers re­minded to read the signs

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

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.

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