Have your say on recreational fishing for native species
Fishers are encouraged to provide feedback on proposed rules to allow the continuation of recreational fishing in the Endangered Ecological Community (EEC) of the Snowy River catchment, as the Species Impact Statement goes on public exhibition.
Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the Snowy River endangered ecological community was listed as endangered in NSW by the independent Fisheries Scientific Committee (FSC) in 2012, and significant work has been done to consider future impacts.
“The FSC has listed a range of factors as contributing to the decline of the EEC including the modification of natural river flows, a decline in water quality, the presence of introduced species and erosion, sedimentation and habitat destruction,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The risk of extinction of one of the Snowy River’s top-order predators, Australian Bass, needs to be carefully considered as the effects of its disappearance are unknown.
“Adverse environmental conditions and lack of breeding success in the upper Snowy River put this species at risk of local extinction.
“Fishing pressure must be considered to avoid fishing induced population decline. It is important that fishing is sustainable and does not increase the risk of the ecological community or any of its components becoming extinct.”
A Species Impact Statement (SIS) has considered the impact of limited recreational fishing for native species in the Snowy River EEC. The proposed Ministerial Order will be placed on public exhibition and interested community members are encouraged to make a submission.
The proposed Ministerial Order permits fishing and keeping Longfin and Shortfin Eels subject to any other applicable regulations and policies.
The proposed Order also permits ‘catch-and-release’ fishing only for Australian Bass and Estuary Perch, subject to any other applicable regulatory controls and policies.
Salmonids are not native species and are not included in the Ministerial Order. Regulatory fishing arrangements for Salmonids remain unchanged in this area.
Within the EEC, species listed as threatened in NSW are not permitted to be taken by recreational fishers unless in compliance with the proposed Order. Any accidentally captured threatened species must be returned to the water unharmed.
The findings of the SIS, advice from the Fisheries Scientific Committee, other relevant advisory councils and public submissions will be taken into account before a final decision is made.
Submissions will be accepted until 5pm on 27 May 2016 and can be made by:
- Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Letter – posted to: Snowy River EEC Ministerial Order
c/- NSW DPI Fisheries
PO Box 1305
CROWS NEST NSW 1585
The Species Impact Statement and the proposed Ministerial Order can be found on DPI’s webpage: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries