Fishos urged to check rules this summer

Fisho in NSW are being urged to check the rules before they throw a line in these summer holidays. Industry & Investment NSW (I&I NSW) Fisheries officers will be patrolling NSW waterways over the summer months to make sure fishers hold a current recreational fishing licence and are following a range of rules including fish size and bag limits.

I&I NSW Fisheries Compliance Director Glenn Tritton said the summer holidays are traditionally one of the busiest times on the water.

“Fishing is one of this country’s greatest past times and is an integral part of many summer holiday traditions,” Tritton said.

“But before you try your luck – you need to make sure you’ve got a NSW Recreational Fishing Licence.

“A licence is necessary for all types of fishing activity including netting for prawns, spear fishing shellfish gathering and angling, and must be carried on the person at all times,” he said.

A $200 on the spot fine applies for fishing without a current fishing licence, unless exempt. In addition, a new penalty of $75 now applies if fishers do not have the licence in their immediate possession.

NSW Recreational fishing licences are available at more than 1000 outlets including bait and tackle shops, and some Kmart stores as well as I&I NSW offices. Licences are also available online at or by calling 1300 369 365.

The types of licences available include: $6 for three days; $12 for one month; $30 for one year; $75 for three years. More info on fishing rules and regulations, is available at

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