Visiting the reserve

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Long Reef is an important site for many different reasons. You can take care of Long Reef Aquatic Reserve by following the rules.

No invertebrate animals (animals without a backbone), cunjevoi or marine plants (whether alive or dead) can be taken, collected or interfered with in this reserve.

This means you cannot:

  • collect marine animals or plants from the shore (alive or dead)
  • collect shellfish or empty shells
  • collect bait or use the marine animals or plants to feed fish
  • fish for squid or cuttlefish
  • turn over rocks or move animals or plants.

Dead plants and animals provide habitat and/or food for other living things, for example a hermit crab will use an old shell for protection.

Finfish (fish with a backbone) can be taken by hand held line or spear only, subject to other NSW fishing rules and regulations.

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The reserve is also an important site for many species of migratory shorebirds.

Please look after this special place:

  • Walk carefully to avoid damaging or disturbing the animals and plants
  • Take your litter with you. Better still, Take 3 For The Sea.
  • Respect other people using this area.

Please report illegal or suspect fishing or collecting activities to your nearest Fisheries Office or use the Fishers Watch Phoneline on 1800 043 536.