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  • NSW Recreational

    Saltwater Fishing Guide

    2020-21

    www.dpi.nsw.gov.au Report illegal fishing 1800 043 536

    http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au

  • Welcome to FishSmart! See featured fishing

    photos

    See your location in relation to FADs,

    Marine Park Zones, RFHs & more

    Check the bag and size limits for popular species

    Contact Fisheries – Report illegal

    fishing & more

    Store all your catches in your very

    own Catch Log

    Check out the app:FishSmart

    NSW DPI has created an app that provides recreational fishers with 24/7 access to essential information they need to know to fish in NSW, such as: ▢ a pictorial guide of common recreational species,

    bag & size limits, closed seasons and fishing gear rules

    ▢ record and keep your own catch log and opt to have your best fish pictures selected to feature in our in-app gallery

    ▢ real-time maps to locate nearest FADs (Fish Aggregation Devices), artificial reefs, Recreational Fishing Havens and Marine Park Zones

    ▢ local weather, tide, moon phase and barometric pressure to help choose best time to fish

    ▢ guides on spearfishing, fishing safely, trout fishing, regional fishing

    ▢ DPI contact for reporting illegal fishing, fish kills, pest species etc. and local Fisheries Offices

    ▢ DPI Facebook news.

    Some data on this site is sourced

    from the Bureau of Meteorology.

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    NSW Recreational Fishing Fee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

    Where do my fishing fees go? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

    Recreational Fishing Havens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

    Working with fishers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

    Responsible fishing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

    Converting fish lengths to weights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

    Fishing safely/safe boating . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

    Food safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

    Knots and rigs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

    Fishing rules: permitted methods and activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

    How to measure finfish and invertebrates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

    Fish identification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

    Fish bag limits, size limits and closed seasons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

    Bag and size limits for saltwater invertebrates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

    Threatened and protected species . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

    Conserving our biodiversity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

    Aquatic biosecurity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

    Tide tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

    Local recreational fishing guides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78

    Fisheries officers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

    Contact details . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

    A diary for your catch records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84

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    ii This NSW Recreational Saltwater Fishing Guide is produced by the NSW Department of

    Primary Industries (NSW DPI) LMB 3020 Nowra NSW 2541, for and on behalf of the state of New South Wales . It is funded from the Saltwater Recreational Fishing Trust as part of our commitment to providing recreational fishers with comprehensive, user-friendly information .

    A freshwater recreational fishing guide is also available.

    NSW Recreational Saltwater Fishing Guide:

    ISBN print 978-1-76058-357-6 ISBN web 978-1-76058-358-3

    JTN 16359 Dec 2019

    © State of New South Wales through the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment , 2019 .

    Disclaimers This publication may provide assistance or information but NSW DPI and its employees do not guarantee the publication is without flaw or is wholly appropriate for any particular purpose and therefore disclaims all liability for any error, loss or other consequences which may arise from relying on any information in this publication .

    This publication is a guide only, it does not replace the Fisheries Management Act 1994 or other acts and statutory rules applying to, or affecting recreational fishing . It is a summary of laws and regulations at the time of publication and cannot be used as a defence in a court of law .

    Recreational fishing regulations may change during the life of this publication . It is the responsibility of fishers to ensure they are acting within the law at all times . Check regulations with your local NSW DPI fisheries office or www .dpi .nsw .gov .au/fisheries .

    No material matter in this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form by electronic or mechanical means, photocopying or recording without the written permission of NSW DPI .

    Reproduction of Tide charts for Australia, East Coast – Sydney (Fort Denison)

    © Copyright in the Tidal Predictions is owned by the Commonwealth of Australia represented by the Bureau of Meteorology 2019

    This product is based on Bureau of Meteorology information that has subsequently been modified . The Bureau does not necessarily support or endorse, or have any connection with, the product .

    In respect of that part of the information which is sourced from the Bureau, and to the maximum extent permitted by law: (i) The Bureau makes no representation and gives no warranty of any kind whether express, implied, statutory or otherwise in respect to the availability, accuracy, currency, completeness, quality or reliability of the information or that the information will be fit for any particular purpose or will not infringe any third party Intellectual Property rights; and (ii) the Bureau’s liability for any loss, damage, cost or expense resulting from use of, or reliance on, the information is entirely excluded .

    ‘For Tide Predictions for Australia’, visit www .bom .gov .au/australia/tides/

    Sign up for Newscast – an information bulletin for NSW recreational fishers at http://eepurl .com/pKIHT

    Cover Image – Dusky Flathead . Shane Chalker .

    www.dpi.nsw.gov.au

    www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries http://eepurl.com/pKIHT http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au

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    ALL FEES ARE USED TO IMPROVE RECREATIONAL FISHING

    NSW Fishing Fee Receipt This receipt must be carried