Sydney fishos fined over mess

According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, Sydney shore based fishos are causing a stink and upsetting ferry commuters and local residents by leaving behind rotting bait and rubbish at various spots around the Harbour.

The Telegraph says ferry commuters are at war with rec anglers who are making a mess of public wharves at night. Police this week handed out infringement notices as part of a crackdown to stem the the growing problem.

Local businesses, Sydney Ferries staff and commuters have reportedly complained to NSW Maritime and local councils in a bid to clean up the mess left behind by the anglers, including discarded fish, entrails and rotting bait.

Police said three anglers were given infringement notices last Wednesday night at Cremorne Point wharf, in response to recent complaints about anti-social behaviour. Patrols are also being carried out to ferry wharves at Cabarita, Kirribilli and East Balmain in a bid to curb unsocial behaviour.

Cremorne Point cafe Sophie’s Place owner Bernard Wikarsa was often forced to delay opening times because of the mess left overnight.

“It is affecting our business, we sell food and it is a turn off and the whiff of bait and fish guts is bad for business,” Mr Wikarsa said.

The wharf is a popular fishing spot during summer because of the regular run of kingfish.

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