Ban on ‘opera house’ nets, to save wildlife
ALL ‘opera house’ nets, historically used to target yabbies, will be banned from all Victorian public and private waterways from July 1 next year.
The State Government confirmed the ban this week, saying new, top lifting nets are now more readily available to replace the hazardous nets.
“Opera house nets have been placing our platypus population at risk, and so it is time for us to embrace different fishing gear that will catch just as many yabbies, without impacting our precious wildlife,” said Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford.
She said the Victorian Fisheries Authority will work with the fishing tackle sector, anglers and environmental groups on an awareness campaign around ‘wildlife friendly’ yabby gear.
The government said trials have indicated that wildlife friendly gear such as open top lift nets and hoop nets, can in fact, catch more yabbies than the environmentally expensive ‘opera house’ nets.
As part of the changes, a one-for-one-trade-in is planned, whereby anglers are afforded a moratorium on the already illegal ‘opera house ‘nets, for free ‘wildlife friendly’ open top nets.