2009 Fishing guides released for summer holiday season

Anglers looking for the top fishing spots this long weekend will find all the information they need in the latest editions of NSW’s fishing guides.

NSW Minister for Primary Industries Ian Macdonald said the 2009 editions of the Saltwater Fishing Guide and the Freshwater Fishing Guide provide extensive information on new and existing fishing regulations as well as helpful fishing facts.

“There’s nothing better than spending some time on the water fishing over the long weekend and these free guides will ensure anglers are aware of their role and responsibilities in taking care of our aquatic environment,’ Mr Macdonald said.

“The state wide distribution of these annual guides demonstrates the State Government’s commitment to improving the fishing experience for anglers across NSW.”

Minister Macdonald said the easy-to-understand guides are a comprehensive resource for families and holiday anglers containing information on best fishing practices, fishing safety, the location of recreational fishing havens, habitat protection and illustrations of different fish species located in NSW to enable fishers to identify their catch.

“The guides explain how fish licence fees are invested back into fishing through the Recreational Fishing Trusts of NSW which funds various projects such as the provision of fish cleaning tables at popular fishing spots, the mooring of fish aggregating devices (FADs) offshore to promote new fishing areas and fish restocking programs across the state’s waterways,” Minister Macdonald said.

“Recreational fishing is a popular and healthy pastime enjoyed by many and responsible fishing will ensure the health and sustainability of our aquatic habitats for our future generations of anglers.”

The 2009 Saltwater Fishing Guide and the 2009 Freshwater Fishing Guide are available from Fisheries offices across NSW, downloaded from the DPI website www.dpi.nsw.gov.au. They will be available at fishing licence outlets across the state from next week.

You can also download a PDF version of the guides here:

SALTWATER

FRESHWATER


Any information relating to illegal fishing should be reported immediately to the nearest NSW DPI Fisheries Office or to the Fishers’ Watch Phone Line on 1800 043 536.

More information about fishing rules and regulations can be found on the NSW Department of Primary Industries website www.dpi.nsw.gov.au