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Fisheries Queensland
21-06-2012, 03:10 PM
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry - Fisheries Queensland

State of origin influencing NSW fishing offences

Joint Media Release
20 June 2012

Following a surge in the number of prohibited fishing gear offences by Queensland residents, fishers from north of the border are urged to check local fishing regulations before fishing in NSW.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI), Director of Fisheries Compliance, Glenn Tritton, said a disproportionate number of Queenslanders had been caught illegally using cast nets in NSW, indicating that they might be unaware of the rules in this state.

“In 2010-11 there were a significant number of offences in the far north of the state for the possession of prohibited fishing gear, particularly for use or possession of cast nets by Queensland residents,” he said.

“Fisheries officers are still finding this to be an ongoing problem despite continued efforts to inform fishers of NSW fishing regulations.

“I remind all visiting fishers that it is their responsibility to have a NSW recreational fishing licence, know the regulations in this state and abide by those rules.”

The use of cast nets – circular nets designed to capture schools of small fish by throwing the net over them – are prohibited in all waters of NSW because of their potential to deplete baitfish stocks and take large quantities of prohibited size fish.

“Cast nets are legal in Queensland tidal waters but not in freshwaters, while in NSW their use or possession is prohibited in, or adjacent to, any waters,” Mr Tritton said.

“If you’re found by a fisheries officer using, or in possession of a cast net illegally in NSW or Queensland, substantial penalties may apply.

“Fisheries officers are authorised to seize any net used illegally in NSW and may issue a penalty notice of $500, or even a court attendance notice where offenders risk facing a maximum penalty of $22,000 and 6 months imprisonment for a first offence.”

On-the-spot fines of $500 apply for the use of cast nets in freshwaters in Queensland.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol District Manager Michael Mikitis from Fisheries Queensland said anyone travelling interstate should brush up on the fishing rules before casting a line in that state.

“Bag and size limits can vary considerably between states, so it’s important both Queensland and NSW residents know where to obtain the right information,” he said.

“Queensland recreational fishing rules can be found online at www.fisheries.qld.gov.au (http://www.fisheries.qld.gov.au) while details of all legal recreational fishing methods are available on the NSW DPI website.”

Go to www.fisheries.nsw.gov.au (http://www.fisheries.nsw.gov.au), select Recreational fishing – Saltwater and Freshwater Recreational fishing guides.

Free copies of the NSW guides are also available in all NSW DPI Fisheries offices and most bait and tackle stores.

The Queensland Recreational Boating and Fishing Guide is available at most Queensland bait and tackle stores or can be ordered by calling 13 25 23.

23-06-2012, 07:34 AM
pretty harsh seeing nsw still keep female crabs.
maybe fisheries could put up signs on the border so everyone no's the rules.
also do a few more border checks on travellers to see what fish are going back down south.
a lot of them come to qld so they do not need to get a permit to fish...

23-06-2012, 08:14 AM
I wished rules between states were more uniform.
It makes it hard for people along the border I reckon as a fish may be legal in the boat at one spot but become illegal on the trip home or even on the trip to the boat ramp.

And then I wished rules were constant for more then 3 minutes because lately they seem to change every 3 minutes.
It's got to the stage where you have to check them on your smart phone to see if anything has changed since you last looked at smoko.
That is annoying.

The cast net rule has been in NSW for as long as I can remember and there is no excuse for having one in NSW. I still can't throw one but that's part of the price you pay growing up in NSW :-[

23-06-2012, 10:08 AM
have to agree with you there
a lot of leople do not have access to computers to check what rules are what.
i believe more signage at boat ramps and borders and the like so people no them then there is no excuse then.

23-06-2012, 11:54 AM
Bloody Cock Roaches....Full of themselves as usual.

Boat Hog
23-06-2012, 01:23 PM
pretty harsh seeing nsw still keep female crabs.
maybe fisheries could put up signs on the border so everyone no's the rules.
also do a few more border checks on travellers to see what fish are going back down south.
a lot of them come to qld so they do not need to get a permit to fish...

Funny thing is you do need a licence to fish in NSW. Everywhere I've seen that sells the licences also has the pamplets covering the fishing regulations. Possibly should get a translation done just for Queenslanders. :P

Maybe because half of Queenslands Origin players come from down this way they still think it's Queensland when they're on holidays here. ::)

Ohh and don't bother with the signs ..... a bloody big gate is the go. ;D Border Security, that's what we need. Best to make a little sidetrack around it tho so I can still come up to 1770 to fish! ;)


23-06-2012, 02:25 PM
LOL Boat Hog..... I have heard they are building a bridge from Coffs to Auckland so all the kiwis from there can get home and play for their country!!!! LOL. The Bridge is going to be called Gateway fom Hell

Boat Hog
23-06-2012, 03:10 PM
Ha .... Gruntahunta, that's no bridge mate it's the Pacific Highway Upgrade between Coffs and the Gold Coast, not Auckland. I can understand how you'd get confused between the two cities.

In the 2006 Census, 32,353 people living on the Gold Coast claimed New Zealand as their place of birth compared with 933 in Coffs Harbour!

So a gate on the border would be great ..... keep the kiwis out as well!! ::) ;D