Fishing News

NSW FADs season draws to a close

It’s hard to believe but the warm water fishing season is rapidly drawing to a close. Cold fronts are beginning to rear their heads along the NSW coast, bringing westerly winds and a slowing of the East Australian Current. Coinciding with this change of season, the retrieval of NSW DPI’s network of Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) for winter maintenance has commenced …

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Fines for Murray crayfish theft

Two men have been issued $6400 in fines plus court costs after being found guilty of Murray Crayfish theft. In response to information received, NSW DPI Fisheries Officer’s apprehended two men on the 17 June 2020 following an extensive surveillance operation of their fishing activities on the Murray River near Barooga. Officers located a large number of Murray Crayfish in …

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Jail sentence imposed for repeat abalone offender

On 11 March 2021, a South Coast man was sentenced to a term of nine months’ imprisonment to be served by way of intensive correction in the community and ordered to pay a total of $6,750 in fines, costs and additional monetary penalties after being found guilty of trafficking abalone and shucking abalone unlawfully. The man – a repeat abalone …

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What do NSW DPI Fisheries do with seized gear and fish?

Each year our officers conduct around 50,000 checks of recreational and commercial fishers leading to the detection of about 7,000 offences. Our officers seize finfish and shellfish when they have been taken contrary to NSW fishing laws and fishing gear may be seized when it’s used to break those laws. Procedures for fish and fishing gear that is seized: – …

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Mackerel frames wanted – NSW DPI Fisheries

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NSW DPI Fisheries wants your mackerel frames. With the water beginning to clear along the NSW north coast after a long wet summer, many pelagic fish are starting to return to the inshore waters, and the NSW DPI wants your mackerel frames. Anglers are starting to catch spanish and spotted mackerel once again, and the Research Angler Program is keen …

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Illegal crab haul catches fishers out

Three men have lost their boat, and the haul of Mud crabs they allegedly stole from recreational and commercial traps following an operation by NSW DPI fisheries officers and NSW Police Marine Area Command at Tweed Heads. The boat contained 43 live Mud crabs weighing a total of 26kg, one cast net – which is illegal to use and possess …

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Pipis make great bait but don’t collect to eat in NSW

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NSW DPI is reminding recreational fishers that collecting pipis for human consumption is not permitted in NSW. Pipis may be taken for bait from NSW beaches but cannot be moved more than 50m from the high tide mark. This long-standing arrangement is in place because pipis may contain toxins due to natural algal blooms, which are not always visible in …

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Mulloway Harvest Strategy Working Group

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Call for expressions of interest A Mulloway Harvest Strategy Working Group is being established to engage key stakeholders in a collaborative process to develop a harvest strategy for the Mulloway in NSW, with a focus on rebuilding the stock to a sustainable level. Expressions of interest are sought to fill the following member positions on the Working Group; Independent Chairperson …

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Even more flatties stocked!

Thousands more juvenile dusky flathead have now been stocked into the St Georges Basin Recreational Fishing Haven, bringing the total number of these highly popular sportfish released by DPI on the NSW South Coast over the past month or so to 75,000! The most recent stocking event saw 22,000 flathead fingerlings released into the Basin, following on from successful stockings …

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Not too late to have your say on impoundment fishing

If you’ve held a Stocked Impoundment Permit Scheme (SIPS) Permit between 1 March 2020 and 28 February 2021, we want to hear from you! We are conducting a short, 6 question survey of SIPS holders to help improve and maintain the world-class fisheries on offer in Queensland dams and weirs. The survey results will help us allocate funds from permit …

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