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Have your say on proposed abalone changes

by DPIPWE Fishing 1 Jul 2019 06:48 UTC
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Amendments to the Abalone Management Plan have been released for consultation. The primary aim of these changes is to address risks of localised depletion and improve fish handling practices in the non-commercial fishery (recreational and Aboriginal). Some amendments such as compliance and handling also apply to the commercial fishery.

The main changes proposed include:

  • Reducing the recreational bag limit from 10 to 5 abalone per day;
  • Reducing the possession limit from 20 to 10 abalone.
  • Introducing a boat limit of 15 abalone;
  • Maintaining restricted access to abalone for non-fishers;
  • Restricting the age for holding a recreational abalone licence to 10 years;
  • Defining what constitutes an abalone measuring device;
  • Removing the requirement for commercial fishers to immediately measure every abalone;
  • Prohibiting the taking of abalone with certain tools;
  • Restricting the taking of abalone to daylight hours; and
  • Other minor changes relating to the commercial fishery.

Public comment is now open on these proposals. Submissions are due by midnight, 28 July 2019. Please use the online response form.

Have your say.

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