Fisheries Officers continue to wrack up the results as part of Operation Guardian along our inland waterways after the recent apprehension of fishers engaged in illegal fish trapping. Since Operation Guardian began, Fisheries Officers in the North West of the state have spent many hours in the field detecting and deterring illegal activity and have seized 50 wire fish traps and 32 fish to date.
Recent apprehension include:
- A 28 year old man from Dubbo and a 49 year old man from Mount Foster being apprehended using an unlawful fish trap in the Macquarie River near Mt Foster. Both men were issued penalty infringement notices for using the trap and failing to pay the Fishing fee.
- A 29 year old man from Warren, NSW was apprehended on the Macquarie River after being observed using a fish trap set in these waters. The offender was issued several penalty infringement notices.
- A 63 year old man and repeat offender from Walgett NSW, was observed using 2 wire fish traps in the Barwon River near Walgett. The fish traps along with several Golden Perch were seized from the man and the matter will be heard before the courts.
- A 53 year old man was recently observed retrieving a fish trap from the waters of the Darling River near Louth. The trap was seized and penalty infringement notices will be issued to the offender.
Fish traps are not permitted to be used in NSW inland waters and the use of such gear has a severe impact on native fish stocks and other aquatic and terrestrial wildlife.
If you have any information regarding the use of fish traps you are encouraged to contact the Fishers watch Hotline on 1800 043 536 or online at https://bit.ly/3Hwy1AS.