See images below and be advised that this style of crab net is illegal under current NSW DPI/Fisheries rules as they are designed to entangle the crab.

Mostly available at weekend markets and no doubt you will be attracted by the price but be warned... you will get fined when you get caught AND ignorance is not a plea.

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The inaugural Cluey’s Flathead Classic will be held at Greenwell Point on Saturday October 6th from 0700 hours to 1300 hours from behind the Greenwell Point Hotel.

Entry fee is only $10 and there is 2 categories – catch/release and catch/retain and a heap of prizes are available.

Enquiries to 02 4447 1202 with further details below..

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Saturday 6th October is the date for the Sporting Shooters Association 2018 Outdoor & Adventure Expo to be held at the Illawarra Sports Stadium , Hooka Creek Road Berkeley - follow the signs.

This family oriented expo will offer a first hand opportunity to browse a wide variety of 50 plus vendors who have selected an exciting line up of outdoor equipment that includes :

  • Live venomous snake show and snake bite first aid demonstrations
  • Butchering and caping demonstrations
  • Firearms safety training courses to assist you in obtaining your firearms licence
  • Specials on firearms, ammunition, reloading components
  • Outdoor camping and hiking equipment
  • DPI R-licence training
  • for the kids - jumping castle, face painting, and petting zoo.

Get along and enjoy the days entertinment and talk to real people with a passion for hiking, hunting and exploring the Aussie bush without the media hype.

Free onsite parking, wheelchair friendly access and ATM services available.

Enquiries to website or contact Chris on 0448 120 932.

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This is my submission to NSW Gov survey ... submitted 27th August 2018

There appears to no scientific evidence to support the creation of ANY Marine Parks that will exclude recreational anglers.

I am a life member of Australian National Sportfishing Association (NSW Branch) and via them and numerous other recreational fishing bodies, there has been almost NO CONSULTATION with us - the rec anglers.

To give the fishing public just a few short weeks to respond via this sort of feedback is ludicrous.

Thankfully with the power of social media especially Facebook, there has been uproar and total rejection of any of the lockout proposals and I personally totally agree 110%.

I am also a freelance writer and I write a weekly fishing column in the local paper here in Wollongong called "the reel deal' - Fridays Illawarra Mercury (Fairfax owned) and at no time that I am aware of, was there any press release or notification of such lock out parks being mooted since the last fiasco ie Batemans Marine Park.

Not anecdotal, but truthful fact that over 30 businesses closed down as the direct result of the gazetting of that marine park, including tackle shops, marine dealers, caravan parks/accommodation, tourist operators and many other allied businesses that relied on tourism as their income.

This will happen again but on a much greater scale across those areas that will be effected if these proposals are passed.

Recreational fishing is a great Australian pastime and 'take a kid fishing' is an excellent way of getting our younger generations away from their 'screens' and getting them enjoy Australia's great outdoors.

Also encouraging them to be responsible adults and keeping them interested in a good clean family oriented pastime and away from some of the risks and bad behaviour that is unfortunately evident in some non coastal suburbs and townships.

To quote an extract from NSW/Fisheries own website that back in 2000-01, the NSW general public participated in a National Recreational and Indigenous Fishing Survey (NRIFS), that provided a benchmark for the assessment of recreational fishing and it found that over 1 million NSW residents participated in recreational fishing.

That survey now some 17 years old, showed that recreational fishing is an important activity that brings significant social and economic benefits to the community and one wonders if that participation figure should today read many millions more.

It is therefore difficult to comprehend that our elected parliamentary representatives have either forgotten this or turned a blind eye to such participation and also the flow on effect that it will have.

Please listen to the voting public and not pander to those minority groups who think the world revolves around them and who make baseless and false claims that recreational fishing harms the environment.

Perhaps the NSW State Government should direct their time, energies and money towards sewage outfalls, urban runoff and other damaging practices and leave the coastal and estuary fishing to those who enjoy it today.


Largest abalone seizure in 20 years...

A surveillance operation led by Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Fisheries officers has resulted in the seizure ofmore than 3,300 illegal abalone and shark fin in Western Sydney - the biggest seizure of abalone in more than two decades.

Operation Symmetry, a joint operation between DPI and NSW Police, investigated the illegal trafficking of commercial quantities of abalone from the NSW South Coast to unlicensed Sydney-based abalone receivers.

Following an extended and targeted surveillance operation by fisheries officers from the Statewide Operations and Investigations Group, a 59-year-old man from Mogo NSW was intercepted in the western Sydney suburb of Berala. It will be alleged the man delivered a consignment of illicit abalone to a residence in Berala.

The man’s vehicle was intercepted with the assistance of NSW Police where 439 abalone in the vehicle were seized along with documentation allegedly relating to abalone trafficking.

The man’s vehicle was seized and he was arrested and taken to Auburn Police Station.

DPI Fisheries Investigators executed a search warrant on the house at Berala and seized 2870 alleged illegal abalone weighing approximately 300 kilograms. Fisheries officers also located and seized 40 kilograms of shark fin. Investigations are continuing.

A 62-year-old man, also the owner of a Western Sydney seafood restaurant, will face a range of charges including trafficking in fish which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment.

Fisheries officers also conducted a raid of the associated seafood restaurant and seized a further quantity of abalone.

It will be alleged that 645 of the 3300 seized abalone were prohibited size. Both men are expected to face court in the near future.

NSW Police Marine Area Command work with DPI to target illegal poaching of marine life and will continue to work closely to detect the trafficking and illegal sale of abalone.

Individuals convicted of trafficking abalone can receive a maximum of 10 years gaol and a fine up to 10 times the market value of the abalone.

The market value of the abalone seized is worth more than $57,000.

If you are offered to purchase cheap abalone or from an unlicensed commercial fisher you could be involved in the trafficking of illegal abalone. The only way to guarantee the quality of abalone is to buy it from a reputable seafood retailer.

Anyone with information on suspected illegal fishing activity is urged to call the Fishers Watch phone line on 1800 043 536 or to provide police with information regarding these incidents call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


Gary Wade


Shellharbour NSW Australia

0407 969 529

Mon - Sun: 7:00 - 17:00