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an information bulletin for recreational fishers


October 2020


New Changes to Recreational Cockle Harvesting



The NSW Government has reduced the possession limit of Cockles from 50 to 20 per person per day, effective from 14 October 2020.

This change has been implemented following consultation with and support from the NSW Recreational Fishing Advisory Council. The change is to ensure a balance between managing Cockle numbers into the future while still providing a sustainable catch for recreational and commercial fishers.

The rules now allow for a combined recreational possession limit of 50 Cockles, Mussels and Pipis, of which only 20 can now be Cockles. The new possession limit applies per person across the whole State.

The new rules have been implemented through the Fisheries Management (Possession Limit) (Estuary Cockles) Order 2020, which was issued under Sections 227 and 228 of the Fisheries Management 1994 and published in the NSW Government Gazette.

Information on legal fishing and marine invertebrate collecting is available through the free FishSmart NSW app which you can find in the iTunes app store or on Google Play.

Please report suspected illegal fishing activity by calling 1800 043 536 or report online at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/compliance/report-illegal-activity.







REMINDER: Applications for Recreational Fishing Trust Grants Close 30 October!

Do you have a great idea to improve recreational fishing in your local area? Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall is encouraging keen anglers and community members to apply for funding from the Recreational Fishing Trusts for projects that improve and promote recreational fishing across the State.


Anyone can apply for funding from the Recreational Fishing Trusts, including fishing organisations, councils, universities, community groups and individuals. Grants are available for both large projects valued at more than $10,000 in funding and small projects involving less than $10,000.


Past project ideas have included:

·        fishing platforms, fish cleaning tables, kayak launching platforms, access upgrades, fishing safety infrastructure.

·        fishing workshops and clinics including teaching kids and adults how to fish, fishing for therapy, schools fishing education, projects to increase participation in recreational fishing etc.

Funding guidelines and application forms are available at our website and applications close on 30 October. Grant ideas can also be discussed by contacting DPI Fisheries on (02) 4916 3835 or by emailing recreational.fishingtrust@dpi.nsw.gov.au.

This is your fishing licence at work.






Get Ready For Gone Fishing Day!

Gone Fishing Day is on again this Sunday, 18 October, 2020! NSW DPI is celebrating this great national day of fishing fun by streaming a special how-to on fishing basics featuring well-known angling identities Steve “Starlo” Starling and Al McGlashan!


Tune into the DPI Fisheries Facebook page at 7pm this Friday, 16 October, to watch Starlo and Al cover off on the basic tackle, rigs and baits you need to have a chance at catching bream and flathead in coastal waters and golden perch in our inland dams and rivers. Our Friday night timeslot gives you the time to learn from the experts and get your gear sorted in order to make this Sunday’s Gone Fishing Day celebrations the best yet!


As well as fantastic practical info and advice on fishing rules, we’ve got a stack of great prizes up for grabs during the video including kids’ fishing outfits and an array of great lures.


No matter if you’re young or old, Gone Fishing Day is a great opportunity to get out on the water.  While we cannot promote large gatherings at the moment, we’ve worked with Starlo and Al to produce a great video filled with handy tips and advice. Make sure you tune in at 7pm this Friday to check it out! And remember you can watch it over and over again, even while you’re fishing on Sunday!


Tight lines for Sunday! You may also want to download the free Gone Fishing Day app from the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation for more opportunities to celebrate our national day of fishing. The app is available to download right now.


NSW Gone Fishing Day celebrations are supported by the Recreational Fishing Trusts and DPI.






Access your Recreational Fishing Licence on your Smartphone

To help keep our recreational fishers and fisheries officers safe during COVID-19 consider downloading your recreational fishing fee receipt onto your smartphone or tablet device and assist with social distancing and minimise contact.


To access your digital licence, you'll need to have a MyServiceNSW Account and the latest version of the Service NSW app. Then just add your licence to your MyServiceNSW Account. Follow the link to get started! https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/get-started-digital-licences


Please note: A current email address and mobile number must be listed on the NSW Fisheries data base for any fisher to successfully link their fishing fee receipt digitally with the My Service NSW application. The same email and mobile number must be used for the My Service NSW application.


If you need to update these details, please call DPI Fisheries first on: 02 4424 7499 or email: recfish.licencing@dpi.nsw.go.au and advise your current email address and mobile phone number. It takes approximately 1 hour for these details to update once the amendment has been finalised.


For more information on NSW recreational fishing fees check out the DPI website.













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