Fishers reminded to be responsible over Easter
AS thousands of keen anglers prepare to wet their lines this Easter break, the Department of Primary Industries has reminded fishers to enjoy their activity safely and responsibly.
DPI Acting Director Fisheries Compliance, Tony Andrews, said fisheries officers will be conducting regular patrols across the State's waterways to ensure people are complying with important recreational fishing rules.
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"Fisheries officers will be targeting popular coastal areas as well as key inland fishing spots," Mr Andrews said.
"All fishers must hold and carry with them a current NSW recreational fishing licence, and must also be aware of the current bag and size limits in place.
"Anyone found without a licence faces a $200 on the spot fine and additionally a penalty of $75 can apply if they 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, some Kmart stores, online at www.licence.nsw.gov.au or by calling 1300 369 365.
Licence fees are: three days - $7, one month - $14, one year - $35, three years - $85.
Details of bag and size limits can be found in the 2014 NSW Recreational Fishing Guides available on the DPI website www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries.
Anyone who suspects illegal fishing activity can report it to the Fishers Watch Phoneline on 1800 043 536.
Mr Andrews said it's also a timely reminder for seafood consumers to be on the lookout for possible illegal seafood traders this Easter.
"Operation Trident will also continue over the holiday period, targeting the theft or illegal supply of seafood," Mr Andrews said.
"Often illegal seafood traders can be identified by selling cheaper produce, sometimes directly to retailers or restaurants, and I would encourage consumers to be cautious and aware."