Reminder: New yabby net rules are now in place

11 Aug 2021

With spring just around the corner, recreational fishers are being reminded that as of 30 April 2021, the use of Opera House style yabby traps are strictly prohibited.

Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Program Leader Stocking & Fisheries Enhancement Operations, Jim Harnwell said open-top, eco-friendly nets must be used in all NSW waters.

“These new, eco-friendly nets are not only great for catching yabbies but they will also help to protect our iconic native aquatic wildlife species,” Mr Harnwell said.

“Unlike the old-style Opera House traps, the open-top lift design of the new nets will allow non-target species such as platypus, birds and turtles to exit the nets if they inadvertently swim in while searching for food.

“Fishers should now only be using these open-top nets when targeting yabbies and penalties apply if fishers use the now-banned Opera house style traps.”

The new eco-friendly yabby nets are widely available in tackle stores and other fishing retail outlets across NSW.

Mr Harnwell has urged all recreational fishers to ensure they use the right equipment and familiarise themselves with the new rules that are now in place.

“It is important for fishers to understand the new rules surrounding the use of the open-top nets and are aware of the consequences for using the incorrect equipment when targeting yabbies.

“By following these rules, fishers can take the lead in fishing responsibly and catching a great feed of yabbies while making a real difference to our environment.”

More information about the recreational yabby fishing rule changes are available online at or by contacting your local NSW DPI Fisheries office.

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