Illegal fish stocking on the rise

THE NSW Department of Primary Industries reports growing numbers of incidents of species such as barramundi and silver perch being caught in the Sydney region outside of their natural range.

According to NSW DPI, fish introduced into waters outside of their natural range as a result of unauthorised releases can spread disease, prey upon and compete with existing fish for habitat and food and in many cases may die if not suited to those environmental conditions.

A fish stocking permit is required to release fish in NSW public waters and all stocking applications are assessed to ensure that the proposals are appropriate. Permits for approved stockings are issued by DPI free of charge.

Anyone with an interest in fish stocking in public waters should contact NSW DPI on (02) 4916 3835 or online.

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