Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has today welcomed changes to recreational fishing rules in NSW, announced by Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson.


Mr Anderson said the changes have been made following extensive consultation and taking into account feedback from thousands of recreational fishers.


“A total of 16 changes to bag and size limits and gear changes have been made, after the NSW Government listened the feedback and issues raised as part of the comprehensive consultation process.


“These changes will apply to recreational saltwater and freshwater fishers from 3 November 2014,” Mr Anderson said.


Key changes include:


  • bag limit reduced from 20 to 10 for Flathead species (other than Dusky Flathead), Bream and Tarwhine, Tailor, Blue Swimmer Crab, Trevallies and Luderick. The possession limit of 20 will remain for these species;
  • catch and release requirement (maximum size limit) introduced for Murray cod caught at more than 80 cm (the current minimum size limit of 60cm remains);
  • spawning closure for Australian Bass and Estuary Perch extended to four months to protect early migrating bass. Catch and release will be permitted during the closure;
  • number of witches hats/hoop nets/lift nets reduced from five to four and increase the number of crab traps from one to two in saltwater.
  • change of marking requirements of recreational nets and traps to specify trap type, fisher’s initial and surname, year of birth and postcode;
  • fishers will now be permitted to use five hoop nets to take yabbies in Lakes Lyell, Lake Wallace and Googong Dam.


Mr Anderson said of the 16 changes, five include minor rule adjustments to streamline recreational fishing rules.


“Fishing is an integral part of our community and also across NSW, with more than one million recreational fishers that wet a line each year.


“The consultation undertaken by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) showed there was majority support from the community and recreational fishers for all 16 changes.



Mr Anderson said recreational anglers will have time to adjust to the new rules, with an advisory period of three months from the commencement date applying.


“These changes will be introduced under the NSW Fisheries Management Act 1994 and are based on expert advice and information from the extensive consultation with the fishing community.


“Reviews are undertaken periodically, approximately every five years, to ensure healthy and sustainable fish stocks,” Mr Anderson concluded.

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