Sydney Harbour - Port Jackson

Warning - recreational fishing dietary advice for Sydney Harbour, Parramatta River and other connected tidal waterways.

Due to elevated levels of dioxins, fish and other crustaceans caught west of Sydney Harbour Bridge should not be eaten.

  • You should release your catch.

For fish caught east of the Sydney Harbour Bridge you should generally not eat more than 150 grams per month. Higher amounts of some fish and crustacean species may be eaten.

Area affected

Species of fish that must not be taken

Methods of fishing prohibited

Period

Sydney Harbour - Intertidal Protected Areas

The whole of the foreshores of Sydney Harbour and its tributaries, west (upstream) of a line from the southern extremity of North Head to the northern extremity of South Head, but excluding those waters of North Harbour which are north of a line from Manly Point to the south end of Forty Baskets Beach (including that part of the foreshore between the mean high water mark and a line drawn 10 metres seaward of the mean low water mark).

All species of cunjevoi (Pyura spp.) and invertebrates, except abalone, eastern rocklobster (Jasus verreauxi) and southern rocklobster (Jasus edwardsii).

Any method.

All year.

Port Jackson - Shellfish

The whole of the tidal waters of Port Jackson and its tributaries, upstream from a line drawn from the northern extremity of South Head to the southern extremity of North Head.

Any species of shellfish (Class: GASTROPODA / BIVALVIA).

Any method.

All year.

Port Jackson (North Harbour) - Nets and Traps

The whole of the waters of North Harbour, north of a line drawn on a bearing of 115° from the eastern extremity of Forty Baskets Beach, to the southern extremity of Manly Point, northern boundary of North Harbour Aquatic Reserve.

Any species of fish.

Any method involving the use of a net or trap, other than the following:
(a)  a landing net,
(b)  a lobster trap,
(c)  a bait trap.

All year.

Port Jackson (Hunters Bay) - Nets

The whole of the waters of Hunters Bay, Middle Harbour, enclosed by a line drawn generally south-easterly from Wyargine Point to the western end of Cobblers Beach.

Any species of fish.

Any method involving the use of a net (other than a landing net).

January to March (inclusive) and October to December (inclusive) in each year.

Port Jackson (Middle Harbour) - Nets

The whole of waters of Middle Harbour and its tributaries, upstream of the Roseville Bridge (Warringah Road).

Any species of fish.

Any method involving the use of a net (other than a landing net).

All year.

Port Jackson (Darling Harbour and Bays) - Nets

The whole of the waters of Darling Harbour, Johnston’s Bay, White Bay, Rozelle Bay, and Blackwattle Bay, south of a line drawn from the NSW Maritime tower, to Darling Street ferry wharf.

Any species of fish.

Any method involving the use of a net (other than a landing net).

All year.

Lane Cove River - Nets

The whole of the waters of that part of the Lane Cove River and its tributaries, from the Epping Highway Bridge, upstream to a line drawn between two posts on opposite sides of the river at Little Blue Gum Creek.

Any species of fish.

Any method involving the use of a net (other than a landing net).

All year.

Lane Cove River (Little Blue Gum Creek to Boatshed)

The whole of the waters of Lane Cove River and its tributaries, from a line drawn between two posts on opposite banks of the river at the junction of Little Blue Gum Creek, approximately 50 metres downstream from the weir, upstream to a line drawn from a post at the boatshed to a post on the opposite bank.

Any species of fish.

Any method.

All year.

Lane Cove River (Boatshed to Fern Valley)

The whole of the waters of Lane Cove River from a line drawn from a post at the boatshed to a post on the opposite bank upstream to a line drawn across the river between two posts on opposite sides of the river, at picnic area number 20 (Fern Valley).

Any species of fish.

Any method, other than the following:
(a)  a landing net (but only if the fish caught are released alive),
(b)  the use of up to two hand held lines with fly or lure attached from an unpowered vessel (but only if the fish caught are released alive).

All year.

Lane Cover River (Upstream of Fern Valley)

The whole of the waters of Lane Cove River, upstream from Fern Valley from a line drawn across the river between two posts on opposite sides of the river.

Any species of fish.

Any method, other than the following: (a)  a landing net (but only if the fish caught are released alive), (b)  the use of up to two hand held lines with no more than two single hooks or two lures (with up to three hooks attached to a lure) (but only if the fish caught are released alive).

All year.

Parramatta River (Silverwater to Parramatta Weir) - Nets

The whole of the tidal waters of Parramatta River and its tributaries, from the Silverwater Road bridge upstream to Parramatta Weir (excluding the waters of Duck River).

Any species of fish.

Any method involving the use of a net, other than the following:

(a)  a dip or scoop net (prawns),

(b)  a landing net.

All year.

Parramatta River (Homebush Bay)

The whole of the waters of Homebush Bay and its tributaries, upstream (south) to its source from a line drawn between Rhodes Point and Wentworth Point.

Any species of fish.

Any method.

All year.

Parramatta River (Duck River)

The whole of the waters of Duck River and its tributaries, upstream to its source from its junction with Parramatta River.

Any species of fish.

Any method.

All year.

The above closures are generated from the Fisheries Management (General) Regulation 2010 unless otherwise specified.

For more detailed local information see the Sydney Harbour and Northern Beaches Recreational Fishing Guide