Acting on information provided to NSW DPI’s Fishers Watch hotline, Fisheries Officers have been able to respond quickly to a report of alleged over-collection of Mussels at Ben Boyd National Park near Eden.
Arriving just as the fishing party of four was packing up for the day, Fisheries Officers inspected the fishers’ catch and equipment.
In two large buckets, the fisheries officers found 797 mussels which, based on the number of fishers, was 597 over the legal bag limit for the four fishers.
Mussels, cockles and pipis have a combined bag limit of 50 in total however, only a maximum of 20 cockles in possession is permitted.
In another bag belonging to the fishers, Fisheries Officers found a number of mixed fin fish, including silver trevally, with their tails cut off.
Fish species that have a size limit cannot be mutilated in any way that might impact the accurate measurement of their size, including cutting the tails off.
Gilling and gutting is permitted.
All excess mussels were returned to the water alive by Fisheries Officers with the mutilated fish seized.
Compliance actions against the fishers will now follow.
NSW DPI would like to thank members of the public who call the Fishers Watch hotline. The information provided helps Fisheries Officers target their patrols to improve the sustainability of NSW’s fisheries resources.
If you see suspicious fishing activity, you can call 1800 0430536 or report it online at https://fal.cn/3fMUz.
Fishing rules and regulations are available on NSW DPI website or via the FishSmart app which can be downloaded for free from app stores.
Images: NSW Fisheries