Illegal fishermen cop fines totalling $5200
A GROUP of fishermen has been fined a total of $5200 after
they were found illegally fishing on the Macquarie River downstream of Narromine,
says the Department of primary Industries (DPI).
Acting fisheries compliance director Tony Andrews, says the
fines were the result of a targeted operation by fisheries officers.
“A number of fisheries offences were detected including the
use of 41 unattended lines that were set and left unattended, possession of
fish illegally taken, the use of 31 live finfish as a lure or bait to take fish
on inland waters, the use of a gaff to take fish on inland waters and a master
of a boat not preventing a serious fisheries offence taking place, says Mr
“Seven people were apprehended by fisheries officers and
admitted to the offences when interviewed.
“Officers seized 41 set lines, two gaffs and 31 European
carp and fines totalling $5200 and a number of written cautions were issued to
the members of the camp.
"Unattended lines and other illegal fishing gear are
prohibited for a reason as their use poses a very real risk to the sustainability
of our native fish populations and other protected fauna,” he says.
A maximum of two attended fishing lines are permitted in New
South Wales inland waters.
Attended lines must be within 50m and in the line of sight
of the person who is using the line, says Mr Andrews.
“The use of live finfish as bait is prohibited in NSW as it
presents biosecurity risks to our waterways through the potential spread and
transmission of noxious aquatic diseases through the transfer of fish from one
body of water to another,” he says.
season for general trout streams and artificial lure and fly streams re-opened
on October 4 after the annual four-month closure.
“The . . . closure allows trout to travel up rivers and
streams to breed uninterrupted,” says senior inland fisheries manager Cameron
“Many of our rivers and streams have also benefited from our
fish stocking program, with a total of 2.9 million rainbow trout, brown trout,
brook trout and Atlantic salmon released across NSW in 2013 and 2014.
“Well-stocked waterways . . . will no doubt entice fishers
to head to their favourite fishing spot such as the Thredbo and Eucumbene
Rivers in the Snowy Mountains, the Fish River near Bathurst, Lake Wallace and
Thompson’s Creek Dam near Lithgow and many streams in the New England area,”
says Mr Westaway.
And Mr Andrews has
encouraged anglers to enjoy the trout season but also to be mindful of the
rules, including some changes to bag limits and possession limits, from Monday,
“The size and bag limits for trout and salmon in general
trout streams, general trout dams, artificial fly and lure streams and trout
spawning streams remain the same this season,” he says.
“However, starting on November 3, in all other inland waters
the daily limit for trout and salmon will be reduced from 10 to five and the
possession limit will be reduced from 20 to 10, in line with the existing bag
and possession limits for general trout streams and dams.
“Our fisheries officers will be out across the state . . . throughout
the season to ensure fishers are following the rules – people found in breach
of fishing regulations may face on-the-spot fines.
“Our recreational fishing regulations and guidelines have
been put in place to safeguard our fish stocks for present and future
generations,” Mr Andrews says.