Recreational fishers are encouraged to avoid the heat from a fine or prosecution by following the rules fishing this summer. A recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in NSW waters, both freshwater and saltwater, even if you only fish occasionally.
If you are fishing in NSW and aged 18 years and over, you need to be able to show your licence card or licence fee receipt to a Fisheries Officer upon request. Exemptions do apply for Aboriginal persons, pensioners and when fishing on a charter boat.
The current rules and regulations can be found through the FishSmart app or by downloading the freshwater and saltwater fishing guides from the DPI website. Responsible fishers can also assist DPI in reporting anyone not following the rules, by making a report to the Fishers Watch phoneline. The public is encouraged to report illegal or suspect illegal fishing activity to the Fishers Watch Phoneline on 1800 043 536 or alternatively report it online via the submission form at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au
Minister for Agriculture, Tara Moriarty said: “By following the recreational fishing rules, anglers are doing their part to ensure the sustainability of NSW’s world-class fisheries resources.
“As we enjoy fishing over summer, all recreational fishers must make themselves aware of the rules, including bag and size limits, fishing closures and the location of sanctuary zones in Marine Parks.
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