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WHILE many NSW rec fishers are up in arms over reduced bag limit proposals, prized sportfish such as mulloway - which many anglers believe should have a greatly increased size limit - are legally being heavily targeted by netters.

The accompanying photo sent in to Fisho by a concerned reader, shows a recent catch of net hauled mulloway from the Clarence River on the NSW North Coast. 

As the reader points out, the NSW DPI Discussion Paper on recreational saltwater and freshwater fishing rules states, "The NSW Government is committed to the sustainable use of our aquatic resources and promoting quality recreational fishing opportunities."
The paper also states, "The reforms are designed to ensure the long-term viability and sustainability of the State’s fisheries resources."

No doubt, many anglers find these statements and NSW DPI's proposed reduced bag limits hard to swallow when commercial fishers are still permitted to net breeding stocks of mulloway as seen in the photo. An example surely of not ensuring "the long term viability and sustainablity" of a fishery? 

To have your say on the NSW DPI's proposed size and bag limits, discussion papers and submission forms are available at tackle shops and fisheries offices throughout NSW. Copies of the paper can also be found online at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/reviews/fishingrules.

The closing date for submissions is 31 July 2013.

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