Aboriginal cultural fishing

Protecting and promoting Aboriginal cultural fishing, along with recognition of native title rights, are part of fisheries resource management in NSW. In supporting Aboriginal people’s access to and use of fisheries resources, authorities (or permits) may be issued on occasions to ensure these activities can be lawfully undertaken in line with conditions. Activities approved from time to time may include the use of equipment that extends beyond what can be used recreationally (e.g. mesh and haul nets) and may include access to areas that are closed to certain activities. The department works with Aboriginal cultural fishing applicants to ensure the activities have minimal impact on the marine environment and that our fisheries resources are protected for continued use by all sectors.  Further information can be found on the cultural fishing pages.