Greater cost to fish in NSW

THE NSW Recreational Fishing Fee is set to increase from 1 September this year.

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;
  • 3-year fee increase from $75 to $85.

NSW Department of Primary Industries director recreational and indigenous fisheries Peter Turnell said this was the first increase to the recreational fishing fee in eight years.

“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,” Turnell said.

“The project’s increase in cost is inline with CPI and it is now time to make the necessary adjustment to the fee so we can continue improving recreational fishing in NSW.”

Anglers are required by law to pay the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee and carry a receipt showing 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.

Details on the programs and projects funded through the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee can be found on the department’s website:

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