Inland Restricted Fishery
The Inland Restricted Fishery is a small commercial fishery that operates primarily in the waters of the Murray-Darling, targeting carp and yabby only.
Commercial fishers catch yabbies using "Opera House" yabby traps fitted with by-catch reduction devices. Carp are caught using hauling nets, fyke nets, pound nets, traps and electro-fishing, subject to stringent conditions to prevent by-catch of native species.
At present carp in Australia is being used for a diverse range of products, with small quantities being directed towards human consumption markets locally and internationally. However, more commonly carp is being used: in low value high quantity fertiliser, stock feed, pet food or as lobster bait. Market prices range from $0.60-$0.80/kg for lobster bait, $0.10-$0.40 for fertilisers and stock feed and $0.50-$2.00 for table fish at the Sydney and Melbourne markets.
The targeting of carp by commercial operators will assist in the management and control of this pest species, having benefits for the environment and the community while providing new commercial opportunities.
Commercial fishing for yabbies commenced in 1974/75, but catches have subsequently shown large variability. The commercial market for yabbies is mainly directed towards human consumption, however some small markets for bait fishing also exist.
Managing the fishery
The Inland Restricted Fishery is managed through restrictions on the numbers of fishers involved, and by limiting fishing effort through gear and net setting time restrictions and area fishing closures. A total of 26 commercial fishers hold endorsements in the fishery.
For further information contact the Inland Restricted Fishery Manager on 02 9741 4792.
Want to know more?
For more information on the NSW inland fishery, read:
See the Fisheries rules and regulations page