Changes to recreational cockle harvesting

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THE NSW government has reduced the possession limit of cockles from 50 to 20 per person, effective from 14 October, 2020.

NSW DPI says, the change has been implemented following consultation with and support from the NSW Recreational Fishing Advisory Council. The change is to ensure a balance between managing cockle numbers into the future while still providing a sustainable catch for recreational fishers.

The rules now allow for a combined recreational possession limit of 50 cockles, mussels and pipis, of which only 20 can now be cockles. The new possession limit applies per person across the whole state.

Information on legal fishing and marine invertebrate collecting is available through the free FishSmart NSW App.

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