Fisheries Compliance Strategies
Having effective compliance systems is integral in combating illegal fishing, the impacts of which have been highlighted in the “Report into Illegal Fishing in NSW for Gain or Profit” and through a national study of crime in the Australian fishing industry conducted by the Australian Institute of Criminology.
Fisheries compliance managers from Department of Primary Industries (DPI) contribute to a range of national and international fisheries compliance forums to help develop strategies to combat illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing. NSW also serves as a member state contributing to the Australasian Fisheries Law Enforcement Conference and the National Fisheries Compliance Committee (NFCC).
One of the key outcomes emerging from the NFCC is the Australian Fisheries National Compliance Strategy 2010-2015 (the Strategy). The Strategy outlines the objectives that Australian fisheries agencies will pursue to promote voluntary compliance and create effective deterrence to illegal fishing activity. It also outlines the principles that agencies will use when planning cost-effective and efficient fisheries compliance programs. The Strategy complements the National Plan of Action (www.daff.gov.au) against illegal unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
The Strategy acknowledges the differences in operating environments across jurisdictions, however, a standard approach is provided to achieve an optimal level of compliance. Key elements of the national strategy include education, advisory and extension programs and prosecution of offenders where appropriate.
The Strategy document will be used as a reference in developing local compliance strategies and operational plans in NSW thus ensuring a consistent approach to fisheries compliance throughout Australia.
Fisheries Compliance Enforcement
Help Stop Illegal Fishing
Stealing fish and black marketing are serious problems and can deplete our fish and shellfish stocks on the coastline.
Fisheries Officers spend many hours on patrol, detecting and preventing illegal fishing.
Record the following information before reporting:
Type of activity
Time, date and location of activity
Number of people and any descriptions
Registration numbers of cars and boats.
If you report illegal activity involving the take of abalone, rock lobster or the harming of marine vegetation you may be entitled to a monetary reward.
For general fishing information, call the Fisheries Information Line on 1300 550 474.
Calls made to a 1800 number from a standard telephone are free to the caller. Calls made from a mobile may be charged at a timed rate.
Help protect our fish habitats
Damage to fish habitats is a serious problem and can impact on the sustainability of our fish stocks.
If you live and work on a riverbank anywhere in NSW, here is some important information to help you comply with the laws aimed at protecting fish habitat.
If you want to undertake any works on the banks of, or within a waterway, here is some important information to help you comply with the laws aimed at protecting fish habitats and fish passage.
We have dedicated Fisheries Officers to patrol, detect and prevent damage to fish habitats.
We need your help. Report activities resulting in the loss of fish habitats, such as saltmarsh, mangroves, seagrasses, snags, riverbank and aquatic vegetation, blockages to fish passage or in-stream works to your nearest Fisheries Office or use the Fishers Watch Phoneline on 1800 043 536 or complete the online report form.
If you report illegal activity involving the harming of marine vegetation you may be entitled to a monetary reward.
Becoming a Fisheries Officer
- Recreational crab traps in NSW
- Cast nets - Prohibited for use or possession in NSW
- Recreational fishing rules for abalone
- How to measure a fish for legal length and weight estimations in NSW
- How to measure crustaceans for legal length in NSW
- Fishing for yabbies in New South Wales (Factsheet 150)
- Having your fisheries penalty notice decided at court (Primefact 1114)
- Having your recreational fishing fee penalty notice decided at court (Primefact 1080)
For more information on penalty notices please go to the State Debt Recovery Office.
Report illegal fishing activity
You can report illegal fishing activity by phoning: 1800 043 536 or complete the online report form.
Recent News Releases
- 20 Dec 2013Fish responsibly on the Central Coast this summer
- 25 Nov 2013Lobster thieves caught out
- 12 Nov 2013Compliance operation to protect overharvesting in protected areas
- 08 Nov 2013Illegal fishers fined $60,000 in 60 days
- 28 Oct 2013Tip off lands abalone thieves in a whole lot of trouble
- 25 Oct 2013Operations target illegal fishers