Responsible fishing

Responsible fishing practices help protect fish stocks for recreational fishers. Follow the steps below to be a responsible fisher.

1. Take only what you need

Taking only what you need reduces overfishing and protects fish stocks. It leaves more fish in the water to breed and increase the population.

Always return:

to the water.

2. Learn and follow fishing regulations

Fishing regulations are based on research and scientific evidence to make fishing sustainable.

Make sure you check:

before you go fishing.

3. Report illegal fishing activities to Fishwatch

Phone the free 24 hour Fishwatch hotline on 1800 065 522 to report illegal fishing activities.

You can report:

  • poaching
  • illegal netting
  • use of illegal devices
  • fishers exceeding limits.

4. Properly handle fish you are returning to the water

Properly handle your catch to make sure it survives when returning it to the water. Read how to handle your catch.

5. Take care when boating and anchoring

Take these steps when boating and anchoring to avoid environmental damage:

  • Take care when anchoring, particularly over sensitive areas.
  • Do not disturb wildlife by making excessive noise or harassing them.
  • Keep vigilant while boating so you don’t hurt wildlife.
  • Refuel on land. Do not discharge wastes, oils, and sewerage into the water.
  • Follow boat speed limits to minimise riverbank erosion and wave action.
  • Do not modify or move anything when diving.

6. Report aquatic pests

Go to our aquatic pests page for pests to look for and reporting instructions.

7. Report marine mammals that are dead, injured or being harassed

Go to our marine mammals page for instructions on reporting marine mammals.

Page Last Reviewed: 26 Jul 2017
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