Port Stephens

Area affected

Species of fish that must not be taken

Methods of fishing prohibited

Period

Port Stephens – Prawn nets

The whole of the waters of Port Stephens, including its creeks and tributaries, inlets and bays, west of a line drawn in a northerly direction from Soldiers Point to Fame Point.  Any species of fish.

Any method involving the use of the following:

(a) a dip or scoop net prawns),

(b) a hand-hauled prawn net,

(c) a push or scissor net (prawns).

All year.

Fisheries Management Act 1994 (NSW), Section 8 Notification – Fishing Closure Port Stephens - Prawn Nets, Government Gazette 83 (PDF, 273 KB) , 5 June 2009 at page 2563.

Stockton Beach to Big Gibber (Hawks Nest)

From the beach and including the whole of the waters extending 500m seaward from the shoreline of all beaches between the northern breakwater of the Hunter River at Stockton, to Big Gibber north of Hawks

Nest.

Definition: “Shoreline” means the line where the shore meets the water at the

relevant time.

Any species of fish.

The use of fishing lines (whether used with a fishing rod or otherwise) with:

  1. Wire trace or line consisting of wire, or
  2. Chain trace or line consisting of chain, or
  3. Any single hook larger than size 8/0 attached, or ganged or treble hooks larger than 6/0 attached, or

A single bait or combination of baits

exceeding 200 grams in total.

All year.

Explanatory note: The object of this fishing closure is to reduce the risk of harming Great White sharks by line fishing.

Fisheries Management Act 1994 (NSW), Section 8 Notification – Fishing Closure - Stockton Beach (Stockton) to Big Gibber (Hawks Nest) (PDF, 505 KB), Government Gazette 77, 24 July 2012 at page 3417.

Area affected

Species of fish that must not be taken

Methods of fishing prohibited

Period

Fingal Bay Beach

Fingal Bay boat ramp to southern end of Fingal
Beach including the intertidal zone extending
100 metres out from the    high water mark.

All    invertebrates.

All methods.

All    year.

Fisheries Management Act 1994 (NSW), Section 8 Notification – Fishing Closure - Fingal Bay Beach Government Gazette 129 (PDF, 48.2 KB), 19 December 2011 at page 7263.

For more detailed local information see the Port Stephens Recreational Fishing Guide