In this section you can find all that important fisheries related information for NSW that affects your every day fishing.

N.S.W. Fishing Journal

$4800 fine for fishing offences:
05/06/09: – A man and a woman have been fined a total of $4800 for multiple fisheries offences in the Wentworth Local Court this week. NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Compliance Manager Glenn Tritton said a NSW DPI Fisheries Officer conducted surveillance of illegally set lines in the Murray River near Mildura on 21 August 2007.

A 42 year old man and a 39 year old woman, both from Victoria, were apprehended after they had checked the lines..............Read More

Merimbula Lake artificial reef completed:
29/05/09: – The waters of Merimbula Lake are expected to fill up, with more finned tenants due to check out the NSW South Coast’s newest underwater development. Installation of the State’s fifth artificial reef, located in the depths of Merimbula Lake.....Read More

Trout season closes after June Long Weekend:
28/05/09: – The annual trout season in NSW will close in streams and rivers at midnight on Monday, June 8 to allow brown, rainbow and brook trout a chance to breed on their annual spawning run, NSW Primary Industries Minister, Ian Macdonald, said today..............Read More

Heavy fines for illegal fishing:
26/05/09: :– Three men charged with illegal fishing and abusing a fisheries officer have been fined a combined total of more than $16,000. The men, a 44 year old from Bermagui, and a 37 and 43 year old from Ulladulla were apprehended by New South Wales......Read More

Control noxious aquatic pest on NSW Far South Coast:
25/05/09: :– The NSW Department of Primary Industries is working closely with a range of stakeholders to control a noxious weed in Wallagoot Lake, on the NSW Far South Coast, Jane Frances, NSW DPI Manager Aquatic.............Read More

Prawn trawling restrictions to protect fish during floods:
22/05/09: :– Eight short-term prawn trawling closures are being introduced from today to protect fish stocks impacted by flooding on the NSW north coast, said Peter Turnell, Director Fisheries Operations with NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI)..............Read More

$77 million boost to Hawkesbury Nepean welcomed:
21/05/09: – The NSW Government has welcomed a $77.4 million recovery package for the Hawkesbury Nepean River, which will restore the river system’s health and improve the ecology and water quality...........Read Here

First salvo in the Battle for the Coral Sea:
19/05/09: –Recreational fishing peak bodies and the industry have reacted with mixed emotions after federal environment minister; Peter Garrett today declared 972,000 km2 of the Coral Sea, a Conservation Zone under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Speaking in Sydney, the minister also used the opportunity to launch the East Marine Bioregional Profile which is the first step in marine protected area planning for the east coast.........Read Here

Resnagging program to improve fish habitat:
19/05/09: :– NSW Department of Primary Industries will commence a re-snagging program in the Darling River at Wilcannia to improve native fish habitat, NSW DPI Conservation Manager Aquatic Habitat Rehabilitation, David Cordina, said............Read More

Minister Garrett shows true colours:
19/05/09: – It seems the Australian Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett is more swayed by the US funded PEW rather than fellow Australians directly involved in the Coral Sea going by todays announcement of the establishment of the Coral Sea..........Read More

Fish seized after men caught red handed in Bermagui Recreational Fishing Haven:
19/05/09: – Two men are facing individual fines totalling up to $140,000 for allegedly using illegal fishing gear in the waters of the Bermagui River Recreational Fishing Haven, New South Wales (DPI) Compliance Manager, Glenn Tritton, said today. .......Read Here

Artificial reef takes shape at Merimbula:
13/05/09:The State’s fifth artificial reef will be installed this week providing enhanced recreational fishing experiences for keen fishers. The reefs are part of a five year fisheries enhancement program funded by the Recreational Fishing trust...........Read More

NSW DPI appealing for help in tracking down elusive pest fish:
06/05/09:Native fish populations could be at risk, with an exotic fish species on the loose in a number of rivers in northern New South Wales, Jane Frances, NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Aquatic Biosecurity and Risk Management manager said today..........[Read More]

Sound waves help bring back the black bream:
29/04/09:About 30 black bream are being implanted with acoustic tags (pingers) to monitor their movements and improve fish migration along the Murray River. The breams’ movements are being monitored by NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Aquatic Ecosystems Researchers in collaboration with scientists from South Australia and Victoria...........[Read More]

State-wide Easter operation nets illegal fishers:
20/04/09:Minister for Primary Industries Ian Macdonald today said state-wide compliance operation found most, but not all, fishers obeying the rules with 249 infringement notices issued.“NSW DPI fisheries officers were out in force over the Easter long weekend with more than 4600 fishers checked,” Minister Macdonald said. “And I’m pleased to report 90% were complying with the rules............[Read More]

Like to become a Fishcare Volunteer?:
25/03/09:If you have a passion for fish and fishing and you'd like to help protect our aquatic habitat, why not think about becoming a Fishcare Volunteer. The NSW Department of Primary Industries is running its next Fishcare Volunteer weekend training course on the 16th and 17th May 2009.   ..................[Read More]

Apply now for $12 million to boost State’s fishing facilities:
06/02/09: - Recreational fishers are being encouraged to apply for a grant from a $12 million trust fund, designed to enhance community fishing facilities, NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Ian Macdonald said today. Minister Macdonald said the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust was a chance for recreational fishing groups, individual anglers, councils and other community organisations to improve recreational fishing facilities in their local areas................[Read More]

NSW 2009 Fishing guides:
02/02/09: - The 2009 Saltwater Fishing Guide and the 2009 Freshwater Fishing Guide are available from Fisheries offices across NSW. 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.................[Read More]

Australia Day long weekend fishing blitz nets results:
02/02/09: - A compliance operation conducted by NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Fisheries Officers on the Lachlan River downstream of Forbes over the Australia Day long weekend has resulted in 31 fisheries offences being detected.

NSW Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald said the covert patrol conducted along the Lachlan River from Forbes downstream to Lake Cargelligo targeted the inspection of Fishing Licences, monitoring of bag and size limits, methods of capture and protected species...............[Read More]

$12 million boost to recreational fishing:
24/11/08: The State’s anglers will directly benefit from $12 million worth of projects specially designed to enhance recreational fishing over the next three years, Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald announced today. .........[Read More]

Prawn restocking produces impressive results:
21/11/08: A prawn restocking program in southern NSW lakes is proving to be a great success with researchers excited about the progress made over the past eighteen months, Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald announced today.........[Read More]

Fish attracting devices - ready for summer season:
02/10/08: Popular fish attracting devices will be reinstalled off the NSW Far North and Mid North Coast from today, Minister for Primary Industries Ian Macdonald said.......[Read More]

NSW trout fishing season opens this weekend:
01/10/08: Anglers should get ready for some excellent trout fishing with the opening of the annual NSW trout fishing season on 4 October, Minister for Primary Industries Ian Macdonald said today........[Read More]


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