Fishing fees increase

THE cost of casting a line for rec fishers in NSW increased from last Sunday, September 1.

“For the first time since 2005, the price of a fishing licence will rise by a few dollars, and this small increase is in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI),” said Manager of Recreational and Indigenous Fisheries, Peter Turnell.

“Recreational fishing in NSW has been greatly improved through all the programs that have been rolled out as a result of the contribution made by anglers through the recreational fishing fee.

“The recreational fishing fee Trusts have funded numerous additional projects and ongoing programs that have seen both the inland and saltwater recreational fishing experience enhanced. Fishers can be assured that their contributions have been put to fantastic use for the recreational fishing sector.”

“Detail on the programs and projects funded through the recreational fishing fee can be found on the Department’s website.”

Fishers can pay the recreational fishing fee on-line, over the phone, or by visiting one of the many sales agents around the State. The changes to the fees include:

3 day fee increase from $6 to $7;
1 month from $12 to $14;
1 year from $30 to $35; and the
3 year fee increase from $75 to $85.

The newly established Service NSW which is part of the government’s commitment to provide easier access to a variety of transactions adds to the available payment arrangements. You can find out more about Service NSW on line at or by calling 13 77 88, 24 hours a day.

“Fishers are required by law to pay the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee and carry a receipt showing the payment of the fee. This applies when line fishing, spear fishing, hand gathering, trapping, bait collecting and prawn netting or when in possession of fishing gear in, on or adjacent to waters,” Mr Turnell said.

“The money raised from the sale of the recreational fishing fee helps us keep our precious fisheries resources in top condition for future generations.”

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