Fishing News

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

mackerel frames

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


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


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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Exciting artificial reef project of Mackay

GETTING anglers from all over the world ‘hooked on Mackay’ is one step closer due to an exciting artificial reef project. The project aims to enhance recreational and tourist fishing experiences via complex marine habitat installations adjacent to three popular fishing platforms in the Pioneer River. Mayor Greg Williamson said the Bridge Road, Brisbane Street and Carlyle Street fishing platforms …

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Not all raw prawns can be used as bait

WHILE most know, the reason behind buying bait from a bait shop or service station and not from a supermarket is due to the risk of spreading disease. In late 2016 and early 2017, white spot syndrome virus, the causative agent for white spot disease, was confirmed on seven prawn farms in southeast Queensland, and then in waterways around the …

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