Ahead of the NSW state election on 25 March 2023, the NSW Government caretaker period has commenced. Limited updates will be made to this website during this period.
DPI has responsibility for administering fisheries laws governing the fisheries resources of the state, which we do through our Fisheries Compliance Unit.
Fisheries Officers spend many hours on patrol, detecting and preventing illegal fishing and damage to fish habitats.
Everyone has a role in protecting fisheries in NSW. Learn more about how you can help stop illegal fishing and protect our fish habitats . You could also be entitled to a monetary reward depending on the type of illegal fishing activity you report on.
DPI is part of the National Fisheries Compliance Committee of the Australian Fisheries Management Forum. This committee has produced the Australian Fisheries National Compliance Strategy 2022–2026 that sets the operating parameters for fisheries compliance regulators in Australia and New Zealand.
DPI’s fisheries compliance enforcement policy and procedure provides the guiding principles necessary for a fair, safe, efficient and equitable application of fisheries and marine park laws in the day-to-day dealings of fisheries officers with stakeholders and the general community.
Stealing fish and black marketing, as well as damage to fish habitats are serious problems and can impact on the sustainability of our fish stocks across NSW.
Report illegal or suspect fishing activities, or damage to fish habitats via:
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.
Please note the report undertaken in 2004 on Illegal Fishing for Commercial Gain or Profit in NSW
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 .
Fisheries officers perform a number of duties to ensure the compliance of fisheries laws in NSW. They include:
You can find out what education, qualifications and skills are required to becoming a fisheries officer in NSW, as well as other information on the role, by reading through our Fisheries Officer Information Package.
Read about a day in the life of a Fisheries Officer.