14 Dec 2020
Targeted patrols in South West NSW have clamped down on illegal fishing with more than $13,000 in infringement notices issued for offences related to native species.
Patrols on the Murray River during their annual three-month breeding closure uncovered six incidences of Murray Cod being taken illegally.
Fisheries officers seized 12 Murray Cod under the Fisheries Management Act 1994, 11 of which were under the prohibited size.
In one instance two men near Nangiloc were found in possession of five Murray Cod outside the legal size limit and were fined $2,200, and a man who was found with a 50cm Murray Cod near Barmah was issued with fines of $1,000.
NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Acting Director of Fisheries Compliance Dr Andrew Moriarty stressed the importance of observing breeding closures.
“It is imperative that annual fishing closures are respected in order to protect their breeding season for native fish,” Dr Moriarty said.
“Any fish accidentally caught while a closure is in place for that species should immediately be returned to the water.”
Other offences detected included:
“Our Fisheries Officers will continue to patrol weirs and locks to target bag limit offences of congregating Golden Perch, and fisheries targeting Murray Cod before the end of the fishing closure on 1 December,” Dr Moriarty said.
To report illegal fishing, call the Fishers Watch phone line on 1800 043 536 or report online via the FishSmart NSW app or at [www.dpi.nsw.gov.au]www.dpi.nsw.gov.au.
The Murray Cod season reopened on 1 December 2020. For more information visit the DPI website.
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