Fisheries officers step up patrols



The Carr Government is educating anglers in popular freshwater fishing spots, including the Northern Rivers.

A large team of fisheries officers from the NSW Department of Primary Industries will speak directly to anglers and their families to answer questions and spread awareness about the recreational fishing licence.

NSW Minister for Primary Industries Ian Macdonald said it was one of the most comprehensive awareness campaigns run since the licence system was introduced in 2001.

"But we want to ensure everyone understands the benefits of a fishing licence and also important issues such as bag and size limits and species identification," he said.

"We want to continue to work with the community to ensure the next generation can still enjoy recreational angling in the great outdoors.

"So we will also take the opportunity during this campaign to look out for illegal netting and other practices that impact on the sustainability of fish stocks.

"This may include illegal gear such as traps and excess lines and fishing in closed waters, fishing of the protected eastern cod and illegal eel fish- ing."



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