Fishers need to check law
RECREATIONAL anglers have been urged to check new State Government fishing laws before throwing a trap or net into waterways this spring.
New fishing rules have come into force this week, under the new Fisheries Management (General) Regulation 2010, which replaces the 2002 regulation.
Industry and Investment NSW Recreational Fisheries manager Bryan van der Walt said the new fishing rules will make things less complicated for anglers and provide additional protection to fish stocks.
“Under the previous regulations, every net and trap permitted to be used by recreational anglers was listed along with specific requirements to identify them,” Mr van der Walt said. “The new rules are more consistent across the different types of nets and traps and will make it simpler for recreational anglers to understand the rules.
Fishers are told to double check these rules before trapping or netting.
Another change has seen the bag limit for cobia reduced from 20 to five, while there has also been a rule change to the size of landing nets used to retrieve fish.