As unprecedented drought conditions continue, DPI/Fisheries have confirmed they will remain committed to protecting and conserving native fish stocks as best as possible.
This includes rescuing iconic sportfish such as Murray cod and golden perch along with protecting threatened species and small-bodied natives.
Recently specially formed teams successfully relocated about 800 native fish, including trophy-size Murray cod in the Menindee and the Lower Darling region, following a two-week fish rescue operation.
Everybody will be well aware, NSW is currently facing the worst drought on record with low rainfall and diminishing flows along inland rivers presenting significant risks for native fish populations throughout the Murray-Darling Basin.
The reality is Fisheries will not be able to rescue and relocate all of these fish, however are committed to doing all that they can to protect important fish populations and maintain quality recreational fishing opportunities.
This summer, they will be counting on the support and assistance of NSW's recreational fishers while these rescue operations are underway and will hopefully get co-operation for local knowledge and experience to help save and protect our native fish species and to replenish stocks when conditions improve.
DPI/Fisheries has announced the fourth state-wide survey of recreational fishing in NSW is under way and will run to the end of October.
The first phase - the screening survey - involves trained interviewers making contact with randomly selected current 1 and 3 year NSW recreational fishing licence holders.
Fishers will be asked to complete a short questionnaire to determine whether they have been fishing recently and whether they intend to fish during 2019-20.
Anglers who indicate an intention to fish in the coming 12 months will be invited to participate in the primary data collection phase - the diary survey.
This phase will collect information on who goes fishing, how often and for how long, where fishing occurs and what is caught.
This simple information on recreational catch, effort and participation in NSW provides indicators to measure how the recreational fishery is performing.
The survey is conducted on a completely voluntary and confidential basis and is generously supported by the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust.
For more information: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au.