CLARENCE Valley recreational fishers will have to get up to speed with new rules announced by the State Government.

Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis a total of 16 changes to bag and size limits and gear changes had been made and would come into effect on November 3, 2014.

"The changes follow extensive consultations last year, which resulted in 5,440 submissions and more than 30,000 comments," Mr Gulaptis said.

Key changes relevant to the Northern Rivers 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;

- 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; and

- Change of marking requirements of recreational nets and traps to specify trap type, fisher's initial and surname, year of birth and postcode.

To view a video explaining the changes and for further information visit http://www.dpi.nsw.gov/au/fisheries/recreational.



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