NSW Fisheries Officers are reminding consumers and sellers of fish to do so responsibly over Easter by ensuring the seafood they are purchasing has come from a legitimate source.
Only licensed commercial fishers or aquaculture permit holders can legally catch or farm seafood for sale in NSW. All seafood that is sold in NSW must have been caught or produced by licenced commercial fishers or aquaculture permit holders, other than imported seafood products.
It is illegal to sell seafood that has been caught recreationally. Illegally sourced seafood also carries significant health risks as the usual food safety standards have not been applied to the product before reaching the consumer.
In NSW you may only buy fish for your own (non-commercial) use directly from licensed commercial fishers, aquaculture permit holders and retail outlets. For each such sale the seller should provide you with a record of sale detailing what you are buying, the price, date of sale and seller details. A person who buys fish for resale or other commercial use, from a commercial fisher must be a registered fish receiver (class B) or the seller must be a registered fish receiver (class A or B) at the first point of sale.
For each transaction there must be a record of sale made, such as a receipt or invoice, for both the buyer and seller. Records of sale allow traceability from the commercial fisher who first caught the fish, to the last point of sale, the consumer, thereby supporting the sustainable management of our fisheries resources. This record of sale allows you to be reasonably confident that you are buying from a legal source and that you have proof of purchase for possession purposes. Additionally, if there is a food safety issue it can be traced back to the source. The information required to be on the record of sale is specified in clause 200 of the Fisheries Management (General) Regulation 2019 – https://bit.ly/3M8ZGut.
Fisheries Officers will be actively seeking unlawful sales of seafood this Easter with heavy penalties applicable. If you suspect black market seafood sales, please phone the Fishers Watch phone line on 1800 043 536 or report it online at https://bit.ly/3Hwy1AS