NSW Recreational Fishing Catch and Release Handbook


The NSW Department of Primary Industries promotes responsible fishing. This guide summarises the current best practice catch and release methods for inshore and freshwater recreational species. It should be used in combination with the fisheries regulations detailed in the NSW Recreational Saltwater and Freshwater Fishing Guides.

Following the practices outlined in this guide will help you to maximise the survival of released fish and invertebrates, minimise impacts to aquatic resources and promote the sustainability of recreational fishing into the future.

Topics covered in this handbook include:

  • General responsible fishing guidelines
  • Why catch and release?
  • Why do released fish and aquatic invertebrates die?
  • Best practice methods to maximise survival
  • Humane harvest methods
  • Fishing competitions


NSW Recreational Fishing Catch and Release Handbook

Published: 2013