Fisheries officer force boosted

Industry & Investment NSW has appointed nine new fisheries officers across the State to work to ensure compliance with NSW Fisheries Legislation.

Minister for Primary Industries, Steve Whan, said fisheries officers play an important role in the management and conservation of our precious fisheries resources.

“Following a six month long recruitment and induction program the nine new officers are now working in communities across the State including the South Coast, Sydney, the Central Coast, South West Slopes and the New England,” Whan said.

“These officers will work to detect and deter illegal fishing activity, and optimise compliance with the fisheries rules through the delivery of enforcement and education programs in these key regional and metropolitan locations.

“The officers will be engaged in a range of patrol duties targeting high risk offenders and will provide advice on issues relating to both commercial and recreational fisheries.

“The officers will also be engaged habitat protection and conservation work, as well as duties associated with aquaculture.”

The fisheries officers have reportedly undergone a rigorous recruitment program and are now involved in a year long induction and training program.

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