A timely Fishers Watch report guides Fisheries Officers to undersized fish
On Friday the 4th of March, Fisheries Officers were assisted by a member of the public who made a timely call to the Fishers Watch hotline. The caller expressed concern regarding the activities of a fisher at Lake Mulwala on the Murray River.
Fisheries Officers attended the location and found a male fisher using four fishing lines. Upon further inspection, the fisher was allegedly found in possession of two prohibited size Murray Cod measuring 26cm and 30cm. The slot size limit for the possession of Murray Cod in New South Wales is 55cm to 75cm. NSW fishing regulations permit a person to use no more than two hand held lines in general inland waters.
The fisher was also found to have not paid the NSW recreational fishing fee.
When fishing in NSW you must carry a receipt showing payment of a current NSW Recreational Fishing Fee (unless exempt). For inquiries and to pay your NSW recreational fishing fee call 1300 369 365 or visit service.nsw.gov.au.
The fisher was issued with penalty notices amounting to $1200 and educated as to the laws of fishing in NSW.
As is often the case, the information provided to the Fishers Watch hotline was extremely valuable in assisting Fisheries Officers to protect our fish stocks for current and future generations. The information was accurate with regard to the location, the type of offending, and the description of the person involved.
To report illegal fishing call Fishers Watch 1800 043 536.