NSW

Tilapia is a risk to native fauna and environment

tilapia

Tilapia is in the top 100 of the world’s worst introduced species. It is a real risk to NSW’s native fauna and our environment. If you see a fish you think might be tilapia, call the NSW DPI Aquatic Biosecurity 24-hour hotline 1800 675 888. Why are Tilapia a risk to native fish and habitats? Characteristics allow tilapia to establish …

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NSW prawns remain safe to eat

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NSW prawns remain safe for human consumption and consumers can continue to purchase NSW prawns from local seafood suppliers. Last month NSW DPI and the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness has confirmed detections of White Spot in wild-caught school prawns near the Evans River (on 8 May) and Richmond River (on 25 May). As a result, a Biosecurity Control Order …

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2024 Murray crayfish season commences

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The 2024 Murray crayfish season commences this Saturday, June 1! Murray crayfish may only be taken during the months of June, July and August in the Murray River between Hume Weir and the Newell Highway Road bridge at Tocumwal including Lake Mulwala and in the Murrumbidgee River between the Hume Highway Road bridge at Gundagai and Berembed Weir, excluding Old …

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White spot in wild-caught prawns near Evans Head

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White spot syndrome virus (WSSV) has been detected by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) in wild-caught school prawns (Metapenaeus macleay), from the inshore ocean area near Evans Head. The WSSV-positive prawns were collected on April 29, 2024 for routine testing as part of the national white spot surveillance program, with DPI Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute (EMAI) testing of 195 prawns in pools of …

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Benefits of circle hooks

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Circle hooks are widely known as the No.1 choice for game fishermen targeting billfish on live baits or skip baits. These strange looking, inward turned hooks are designed to pin fish in the corner of the mouth, ensuring a solid hook hold and a healthy release. However, circles aren’t just about catch and release fishing for gamefish – they are …

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Lake Macquarie stocked dusky flathead recapture

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In January 2023, 2100 “advanced size” juvenile dusky flathead were stocked into Lake Macquarie, as part of a research project assessing techniques to enhance populations of this highly popular sportfish. Fast forward to the 2024 Easter long weekend and the first reported tagged dusky from this cohort of fish has been recaptured. Keen angler Steve Vella caught and released the …

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NSW eastern blue groper rule changes

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New eastern blue groper fishing rule changes From March 1 2024, taking eastern blue groper by any method, including line fishing, is prohibited as part of a 12-month trial, to ensure greater protection of this iconic species. During the 12-month trial, DPI Fisheries are consulting with stakeholders and the broader community on longer term changes to eastern blue groper fishing …

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Help protect NSW abalone stocks

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Do not discard any seafood waste in waterways – throw all abalone shells, gut and any leftover abalone waste in the bin. Movement restrictions are in place on the transport of live abalone into and within New South Wales in response to detections of Abalone Viral Ganglioneuritis (AVG) in South Australia. What is AVG? AVG is a viral disease which …

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Fishing respectfully in NSW

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A healthy fishing future is in your hands and creating a positive community of fishers is fundamental to safeguarding our waterways and supporting sustainable fishing, ensuring thriving oceans and marine resources for generations to come. By protecting fish stocks and preserving and ensuring the places we love remain safe and accessible for all, we can maintain the incredible fishing experiences …

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Make sure you know the law on restricted species

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Lucky enough to catch a feed on the water, plan on processing it? Make sure you know the law! restricted In NSW any species of fish with a size limit is known as a ‘restricted species’. If you’ve caught, collected or speared a restricted species the ONLY types of processing you are permitted to do while in, on or adjacent …

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