Carp in the crosshairs of bowfishers

Bowfishing for carp is now permitted in specific NSW inland waterways.

CARP are now in the sights of NSW bowfishers, with new rules and regulations announced by Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall.

Marshall said the changes would allow bowfishers to safely fish with specialised equipment in specific inland NSW waters while also helping control pest populations, and come following extensive industry and community consultation.

“Carp are considered a noxious pest and remain the only species that may be taken using bowfishing equipment,” Marshall said.

“This is a popular activity, and bowfishers will now be allowed to target carp using an upright bow with a specialised arrow attached through a tethered line and a reel.

“The fishing community asked the NSW government to have a serious discussion about allowing bowfishing of carp, and I’m pleased to deliver this welcomed news today after the NSW Department of Primary Industries conducted public consultation.”

Marshall said a successful trial of bowfishing for carp had previously shown it could be safe, effective, and provide economic benefits for rural and regional areas of NSW.

“The Trial Program in 2016 and 2017 and its subsequent review identified that, with the right regulation, bowfishing is a safe and sustainable technique,” Marshall said.

NSW DPI has published a Recreational Bowfishing for Carp in Inland Waters Guide to assist with education and awareness of rules and regulations.

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