Fishos reminded about new yabby net rules

NEW TRAPS: A NSW DPI Fisheries Officer inspecting an opera style trap. Image: DPI
NEW TRAPS: A NSW DPI Fisheries Officer inspecting an opera style trap. Image: DPI

As the new fishing season starts, recreational fishers are reminded the use of Opera House style yabby traps is strictly prohibited across NSW.

Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Program Leader Stocking and Fisheries Enhancement Operations, Jim Harnwell said open-top, eco-friendly nets must be used in all NSW waters, including towns which border Victoria and NSW.

"These new, eco-friendly nets are not only great for catching yabbies but they will also help to protect our iconic native aquatic wildlife species," Mr Harnwell said.

"Unlike the old-style Opera House traps, the open-top lift design of the new nets will allow non-target species such as platypus, birds and turtles to exit the nets if they inadvertently swim in while searching for food.

"Fishers should now only be using these open-top nets when targeting yabbies."

The common yabby (Cherax destructor) is the best known of the freshwater crayfish species native to Australia.

The common yabby (Cherax destructor) is the best known of the freshwater crayfish species native to Australia.

WHATS ALLOWED: Now banned Opera House style yabby traps and the new open-top, eco-friendly nets that must now be used in all NSW waters. Image: D PI

WHATS ALLOWED: Now banned Opera House style yabby traps and the new open-top, eco-friendly nets that must now be used in all NSW waters. Image: D PI

Penalties apply if fishers use the now-banned Opera House style traps.

"The new eco-friendly nets must be used in all NSW waters, including Victorian border towns such as Mildura, Swan Hill, Yarrawonga, Cobram, Echuca, and Robinvale," Mr Harnwell said.

The new eco-friendly yabby nets are widely available in tackle stores and other fishing retail outlets across NSW.

Mr Harnwell has urged all recreational fishers to ensure they use the right equipment and familiarise themselves with the new rules which are now in place across NSW, having come into force in April this year.

"It is important for fishers to understand the new rules surrounding the use of the open-top nets and are aware of the consequences for using the incorrect equipment when targeting yabbies in NSW waters," he said.

"By following these rules, fishers can take the lead in fishing responsibly and catching a great feed of yabbies while making a real difference to our environment."

More information about the recreational yabby fishing rule changes is available online at www.fisheries.nsw.gov.au or by contacting your local NSW DPI Fisheries office.

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