Reel Deal: New limits to preserve mulloway stocks


Fantástico: Luba Barea visiting Granada in Spain with her arm stretching blue groper. High res photos for publication can be sent to gazwade@bigpond.com.

Fantástico: Luba Barea visiting Granada in Spain with her arm stretching blue groper. High res photos for publication can be sent to gazwade@bigpond.com.

A recent scientific review of the mulloway recovery plan revealed that mulloway in NSW are still overfished and in order for stocks to recover, the review recommended that more action needed to be taken.

After careful consideration of all options available, the advisory councils proposed the following actions to halt the decline of the species and help the stock recover.

The removal of the possession limit of 10 mulloway between 45 and 70cm that currently applies to estuary general commercial meshing net fishers meaning that a 70cm mulloway minimum size limit will apply to ALL FISHERS.

Believe it not but the recreational bag limit has been cut in half to only 1 fish per person bag limit.

These changes will come into effect on September 1, 2018 and will be closely monitored by NSW DPI and an advisory campaign will also ensure all fishers are aware of the new rules.

The advisory council agrees that the changes were a tough call to make.

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Two men from Dee Why who were found in possession of a commercial quantity of 17 gemfish weighing 75.96 kilos, 13 blue eye trevalla weighing 165.21 kilos and 4 mirror dory weighing 10.76 kilos, have had the boat they borrowed forfeited to the State.

The men borrowed a mate’s boat to fish offshore and were apprehended near Kissing Point. Most of the fish were concealed under the boat’s floor.

The men pleaded guilty to all charges and the boat, motor and trailer valued at over $35,000 was forfeited and the men were fined $10,000 each.