Anglers reminded of recreational fishing rules

RECREATIONAL fishers are encouraged to avoid the heat from a fine or prosecution by following the rules this summer.

“By following the recreational fishing rules, anglers are doing their part to ensure the sustainability of NSW’s world-class fisheries resources,” Minister for Agriculture Tara Moriarty said.

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“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.

“Fisheries Officers will be continuing to conduct covert patrols and covert operations over the coming months to ensure fishers are following the rules, and anglers who break the rules may face a range of sanctions including fines and court action.”

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 eighteen 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 Department of Primary Industries (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

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