Fish responsibly to ensure continued access at Sydney Harbour

DPI staffers and Fishcare volunteers will be out and about at Walsh Bay providing responsible fishing information and helping keep our wharves clean and tidy.

FISHERS are reminded to fish responsibly and respect others following recent anti-social behaviour and mess left behind at Sydney’s Walsh Bay.

The area is an iconic location for recreational fishers, with a long history of offering safe and convenient access for families, shift workers, people with disabilities and novice anglers, as well as being very popular with dedicated sportfishers targeting key species such as kingfish and mulloway.

The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is aware angling access to Piers 2 & 3 at Walsh Bay has been temporarily disrupted due to construction work and that fishers have shifted to Pier 8.

DPI Group Director Recreational & Indigenous Fisheries Peter Turnell said in recent weeks DPI has received reports that a minority of irresponsible and selfish anglers on Pier 8 are causing problems by leaving mess and behaving in an anti-social manner.

“It is important all fishers do the right thing by keeping these areas clean and tidy and showing respect and courtesy to other users, residents and workers,” Mr Turnell said.

“The vast majority of anglers are responsible and recreational fishing is a legitimate activity with significant socio-economic benefits, especially for Sydney residents and young people looking for an inexpensive and enjoyable nature-based activity.

“However DPI is working closely with the Walsh Bay Precinct managers and other government agencies to address ongoing issues on the piers and enabled an agreement guaranteeing fishing access at Piers 2 & 3 is retained once the construction work has been completed.

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