On the 1st July the NSW Government implemented the new Biosecurity Act 2015 (the Act). Under this new legislation the Redfin perch are declared a notifiable species in NSW, Schedule 1 of the Biosecurity Regulation 2017 (the Regulation). Under Part 2, of the Regulation it is illegal to possess, buy, sell or move this pest in NSW. Heavy penalties apply for non-compliance
Possession, selling or importing live notifiable fish species is banned in NSW and heavy penalties apply). Fisheries Officers and Authorised Officers may also seize and destroy any live notifiable fish species.
The notifiable listing does not prevent anglers from targeting and catching Redfin perch. There is no size or bag limit for Redfin perch in NSW.
Yes. If you keep it alive.
If you catch a redfin, they must be humanely dispatched immediately and utilised or disposed of in an appropriate manner. It is not an offence to release a redfin immediately if the angler wishes to do so, however it is preferred that they are not returned to the water live. It is not an offence to be in possession of a dead Redfin perch which has been caught to take home.
It is illegal to be in possession of a live Redfin perch in NSW (e.g. in a bucket, aquaria, keeper net, live well etc) and you can be fined. Anglers can only possess dead Redfin perch for example, on ice in an esky.
No - Redfin perch is a notifiable species in NSW and it is therefore illegal to possess or stock them in NSW. See Fish Stocking for details regarding fish stocking permits in NSW.
If you have Redfin perch in your farm dam you should take care to ensure that they do not escape into any other water body. If it is discovered that someone is illegally intentionally stocking Redfin perch, this will be investigated by DPI Heavy penalties apply.
No - it is illegal to use live or dead Redfin perch as bait in NSW. No live finfish is permitted to be used as bait in inland NSW waters or any fish or part of fish that is not native to the waters of NSW (other than dead carp).
No - it is illegal to transfer any fish between waterways in NSW without a permit.
Yes - anglers are reminded that the whole of the Murray River and its lands to the top of the southern bank is managed by NSW as such NSW fishing rules apply in this area.
Yes - Lake Mulwala is managed in accordance with the NSW Fisheries Management Act 1994 and NSW Biosecurity Act 2017 and NSW fishing rules and notifiable fish provisions apply.
No - Lake Hume is managed in accordance with the Victorian Fisheries Act 1995 and Victorian fishing rules apply.