As the Summer holiday season begins, many people are casting their lines to go fishing, but it is important to know your limits.
In South Australia, there have been recent changes to recreational fishing regulations, affecting 26 different marine and freshwater species.
PIRSA is asking recreational fishers in SA to familiarise themselves with these changes, as part of their pre-holiday preparation.
Specific information on the new limits can be found on the PIRSA website, SA Recreational Fishing Guide app, South Australian Recreational Fishing Limits brochure and on signage installed at jetties and fishing spots across the state.
PIRSA fisheries officers and Fishcare volunteers will also be visiting popular fishing areas across the holiday period to hand out information and answer questions about the new limits.
PIRSA Fisheries & Aquaculture Director Policy, Sean Sloan said the new regulations are important for the long-term sustainability of the fishing industry.
“More than 277 000 people participate in recreational fishing each year, and while I encourage everyone to enjoy the superb fishing experiences on offer across the state’s coastal and inland regions, it’s also a timely reminder of the important role we all play in protecting fish stocks.
“Whether you’re a fishing novice or a seasoned angler, I ask everyone to take responsibility on the water and make the time to examine the new fishing rules, know your limits and ensure your catch complies,” he said.
Meanwhile in Victoria, the State Government has just released their free ‘Vic Fishing’ app for smartphones in conjunction with the updated 2017 Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide.
New changes to the guide include:
- Catch limit of 5 for gemfish
- Catch limit of 5 for golden perch (introduced in 2016)
- Year-round open season for Murray cod in Lake Eildon (introduced in 2016)
- New illustrations for black cod, longfin pike, gemfish, Hardy Head, toadfish and puffers
- Dates for the annual closed season on trout rivers.
Guides are available for free from most good tackle shops, Tourist Information Centres and office of the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.
Guides, measures and rulers can also be obtained by ringing the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
See the new 2017 Guide online at www.vic.gov.au/fishingguide or download the free ‘Vic Fishing’ app for smartphones from the App Store or Google Play.