River fishers need to follow rules

After multiple offences were detected in recent weeks, fishers are being urged to follow the rules when fishing in the River Murray.

Since the beginning of December three local fishermen have been fined and anothercautioned for offences ranging from taking undersize fish to operating gear belonging toother people and fishing within 150 metres of a lock or weir.

With an increase in recreational fishing activity expected over coming weeks, PIRSAFisheries and Aquaculture senior fisheries officer Dave Grant is remindingfishers to brush up on their knowledge of river fishing rules.

“Whether you’re a local or a visitor, we all have a role to play in protecting thesustainability of our fisheries which involves complying with the rules and regulations forrecreational fishing,” Mr Grant said.

“In particular, river fishers need to be aware that fishing with any type of fishing gear ordevice is not permitted within 150 metres of a weir or lock.

“Size, bag and boat limits are in place for a number of freshwater species, withFreshwater Catfish, Murray River Crayfish, Silver Perch and South-east Crayfish fullyprotected.

“Unattended nets must also be clearly marked with the owner’s name and address on atag or the white buoy which must connected to the net and be at least 2L in volume.”

Fishers can contact FISHWATCH on 1800 065 522 or visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/fisheries

for more information on River Murray fishing rules.

This includes unattended buoys must be tagged with the owner’s name and address;The Chowilla flood plain is closed to Murray Cod fishing year-round;The use of mesh nets, drum nets, set lines, long lines and illegal wire fish traps,commonly known as wireys or warratahs is prohibited;Female yabbies carrying eggs are totally protected and must be returned to thewater immediately.

It is illegal to lift any size Murray Cod out of the water.

Anyone can report suspicious or illegal fishing activity through the 24 hour FISHWATCHnumber on 1800 065 522. Callers can choose to remain anonymous.

A new Recreational Fishing Limits brochure can be downloaded at www.pir.sa.gov.au/fisheries

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