Department of Primary Industries has released a discussion paper proposing a roll back on bag limits.
Department of Primary Industries has released a discussion paper proposing a roll back on bag limits. Leigh Jensen

Recreational anglers given a say on cutting bag limits

RECREATIONAL anglers are being asked to comment on proposed changes that would effectively halve the daily bag limits of "bread and butter" species in New South Wales.

It's proposed daily catch limits be reduced for popular saltwater species including flathead, bream, tailor, luderick, snapper, mahi mahi, kingfish, cobia, mackerel and tuna.

If adopted, bag limits for popular beach and estuary species would fall from 20 to 10, while the bag limit for mahi mahi and snapper would fall from 10 fish per day to five.

Yellow-fin kingfish, cobia, mackerel and many deep sea species would be reduced from five to two while baitfish captures would also be lowered.

"Since the last major review of fishing rules completed in 2007 there has been increasing community concern that the current recreational fishing bag limit of 20 fish per person, per day for many of our popular 'bread and butter' fish species in NSW is excessive," the report noted.

"The latest scientific surveys indicate that the bag limits for these commonly caught species are rarely reached by most recreational fishers; less than 1% of fishing trips."

Other changes proposed by the NSW recreational fishing review include changes in fish size limits, an extended ban on bass fishing over the spawning season and changes to crab netting.

Those using crab traps would have to mark more personal information on floats and restrict the size of the openings on traps with cable ties.

Department of Primary Industries director of Recreational and Indigenous Fisheries Peter Turnell said a discussion paper was available. 

"Anyone with an interest in our aquatic resources now has the opportunity to comment on options for changes to current fishing rules," Mr Turnell said.

Submissions close July 31.



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