FISHERS are being encouraged to refresh their memories on mulloway bag and size limits after a man was allegedly found in possession of prohibited sized fish, Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Supervising Fisheries Officer Ian Stockton said today.
“New fishing arrangements for mulloway were put in place by the NSW Government late last year to help rebuild stocks to a sustainable level,” Mr Stockton said.
“Mulloway stocks were deemed overfished, which led to the NSW Government putting in place a recovery plan, after consultation with the fishing community.”
The recreational bag limit for mulloway is two fish, and the minimum legal length is 70cm.
“Fisheries officers continue to conduct regular patrols to ensure fishers are adhering to mulloway fishing rules to provide protection and promote recovery of the stock,” Mr Stockton said.
“A 34 year old man from Ballina was apprehended at Skennars Head earlier this month, after allegedly being found in possession of five mulloway, three of them under size.
“The man will be issued penalty notices totalling $1,000.
“We are asking the fishing community to continue to work with fisheries officers to ensure the mulloway recovery program is effective in sustaining this iconic species.”
Speak to your local fisheries officer about recreational bag and size limits, or see the NSW Recreational Fishing Guides, which are available at www.fisheries.nsw.gov.au.
If you have information about illegal fishing, contact the Fishers Watch phoneline on 1800 043 536 or make a report online at http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/compliance/report-illegal-activity.