Shire's boat ramps remain open, fishers urged to follow rules

Those planning to use the shire's boat ramps and waterways over the Easter break are reminded to do so without breaching public health orders.

The Eurobodalla Shire Council said residents were allowed to use the shire's waterways as long as they stuck to the government's public health directions to stop the spread of COVID-19.

"We are advised the government is looking to review this at some point, but until that happens it's okay for people to go on the water so long as they're adhering to the public health orders about physical distancing, including no more than two people in a boat," a council spokesperson said.

Fish for food: Those taking a boat out over the Easter break are reminded to follow social distancing rules.

Fish for food: Those taking a boat out over the Easter break are reminded to follow social distancing rules.

"Vulnerable people need to stay at home."

Boat ramps remain open for use, although the spokesperson said certain facilities were closed: "Council has removed the taps and closed fish cleaning tables to assist in reducing the spread [of COVID-19]."

Public health directions from the NSW Government were last updated on March 31. People are required to stay at home unless they have a "reasonable excuse".

Fishing was listed as a reasonable excuse to use your boat, as well as to exercise (eg. kayaking, sailing, paddling).

However, you should only be on your boat alone, or with no more than one other person; or with family who ordinarily live in the same household as you.

Moruya Tackle World store manager Nick Toozoff said fishing was an important source of food.

"There's a lot who are out of work and can't go to Coles or Woolies to buy meat, so will substitute their diet and go get a feed of fish," he said.

He hoped waterways remain open, and urged those fishing to adhere to the rules.

"You can't pack six guys in a boat and go fishing," he said.

There's plenty of access to places where you're not in anyone's pocket

Nick Toozoff - Tackle World Moruya

"There's plenty of access to places where you're not in anyone's pocket."

Mr Toozoff said the shop had lately answered calls from tourists wanting to know where's best for fishing.

"I tell them, 'have you not been watching the news? We don't have the resources for an outbreak down here'," he said.

"Unfortunately, I am getting a lot of phone calls from Canberra, people who want to know what the fish are doing."

Mr Toozoff hoped Canberra residents stay at home this Easter break.

"As much as we have a love-hate relationship with tourists, we need to ask them to give us our space for the next few weeks to sort things out," he said.

NSW Maritime said those considering a fishing holiday, should think twice.

"If you do need to go out, stick to your local waters, and do not gather with more than two people unless with members of the same household," a spokesperson said.

"It is important to remember that the self-isolation rules apply at all times.

"Packing up your boat for a road trip and a half-day fishing expedition is also not in the spirit of the restrictions."

"Skippers are always responsible, generally this is applied to safety equipment, keeping proper look out and proceeding at a safe speed."

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