|canberra, south coast & snowy mtns with rob paxevanos
Dated: 17 September, 2010
Rob's weekly fishing southern NSW report 0614 written for the week of Wednesday 16/9/2010
Changes to recreational fishing rules in NSW
There has been some changes to recreational fishing rules in NSW which started on the 1st September 2010, some of those changes include:
1. Changes to gear marking requirements and setting of recreational traps and nets:
Lobster traps, crab traps, hoop or lift nets and spanner crab nets
• All floats/ buoys must be labelled with name and address of the person who either sets, uses or lifts the fishing gear,
• floats/ buoys must measure not less than 100mm in all dimensions,
• the minimum height of the float/ buoy must be at least 50mm above the water,
• all letters to be a minimum of 15mm and in a colour contrasting to the buoy,
• the name of the gear (or an abbreviation) to be marked on float/ buoy. ‘CT’ = crab trap, ‘LT’ =
lobster trap, ‘HN’ = hoop or lift net, ‘SN’ = spanner crab net.
• All lobster traps and crab traps must have a 50gm weight attached to the buoy at least 1m below the surface so that no rope is floating on the surface of the water.
• Hoop nets or lift nets and spanner crab nets must not have any rope floating on the surface of the water.
Bait traps, Yabby traps and shrimp traps
• a tag must be attached to a part of the trap which is at or above water level with dimensions not less than 80mm x 45mm, with the
• name and address of the person who either sets, uses or lifts the trap,
• all letters to be a minimum of 15mm and in a colour contrasting to the tag, and
• the name of the gear (or an abbreviation) e.g. ‘ST’ = shrimp trap, ‘BT’ = bait trap.
Note: If a stake is used to mark the position of a Yabby trap, the stake must be identified with a tag, in the manner described above. If a buoy is used to mark the position of the trap, the buoy must be marked in the manner described above (no weight on rope required).
2. Change to bag limit for Cobia: The bag limit for Cobia (Rachycentron canadum) has been reduced from 20 to 5.
3. Removal of minimum legal length for Sole
The minimum length for sole has been removed. Note: the minimum legal length for flounders remains at 25cm and a combined bag limit for flounder and sole remains at 20.
4. Removal of maximum size of landing net
Recognising the common use and the importance of large, fine mesh landing nets for catch and release fishing, the maximum size of the frame of a landing net has been removed from the regulations.
5. Reduction of the infringement notice amount from $200 to $75 for the offence of fishers not having their recreational fishing licence receipt in their possession when fishing
Recreational fishers are required to pay the recreational fishing fee (or licence as it is commonly known) before they go fishing (unless otherwise exempt). Fishers required to pay the fee must have the official receipt for the payment of the fishing fee in his or her immediate possession when fishing from any waters other wise they are guilty of an offence under section 34J(2) of the Fisheries Management Act
The infringement notice amount for this offence has been reduced from $200 to $75. However, fishers
must have their licence receipt in their possession for immediate production when fishing. If approached by a fisheries officer, only in exceptional circumstances will provision be provided for fishers to produce their licence receipt at a later date.
The above changes came into effect on 1 September 2010. All current NSW recreational fishing rules are available at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries.
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