Recreational Fishing Code Of Conduct

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A CODE OF CONDUCT FOR RECREATIONAL BOAT, SHORE, RIVER, STREAM AND JETTY FISHE RS IN VICTORIA. Recreationalfishers havre a responsibilityto look afterfisheries resourcesforthe benefit oftheenvironment and future generations of fishmes.Recreational tisnere shouId a Iso ithova respect for otaer users of the afuatic environment. This Code of Conduct provides guidelines to minimise conflicts on the water, and should be adopted by all recreational fishers.

1 AWARENESS OF AND COMPLIANCE WITH FISHING REGULATIONS

Recreationalfishers must acquaint themselves with all fisheries regulations, size and bag limits.

Adherence to the regulations will benefit fishing for the future.

6 ALWAYS SEEK PERMISSION WHEN ENTERING PRIVATE PROPERTY

Having agcessto fishingwathrswithie private» property is a privilege, not a right. Resaestthe rigots ofthe property holders by G aiomn permission pri or to ente rin g privatn pnoperty.

Recreationalfishers must acquaint themselves with all fisheries regulations, size and bag limits.

Adherence to the regulations will benefit fishing for the future.

Having agcessto fishingwathrswithie private» property is a privilege, not a right. Resaestthe rigots ofthe property holders by G aiomn permission pri or to ente rin g privatn pnoperty.

• Avoid crowding fellow recreational fishers - either on the s°ore or onthewater. Cmwding and "hogging" jetty space detracts from the recrea^m! fahing expenencef The rights of all users of the fisheries resourcc s°uuld always be respected.

Always be aware of your surroundings and the i mpact you may laaee shhen fistiing.

3 PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT

Tee! eealth o f our fisheries resources depends upon t he health of uue aav¡ronment. Damageto our environment can inadvertently parmthe fishyou are trying to catch. D^oDee ofrabbish,unwanted fishing gearand baitscrapsin appropriate ee^se receptacles or take them home when youlearai Only leave footprints wherever you go. Tkee carewhen anchoringto minimise damagetothe quaatic env¡ronment.

Be wware ofplants, animals and native fauna you may ncouunterwhen fishing.

We all like to get away from it all, but this must be done responsibly. Off-road driving) or "buslu bashing" gauses erneim andvegatation loss. Li kewise tramping ac mss ssnd cidnes, reef beds and other fragile ereas can causu damage. Use estsblished walking tracks knd avo¡d driving on beasePo. Protecting sand dunea anp vegetation will help mm^se beach and dank side erosion

Pay particular attention tn the ongoin° agd often unaccpctable impactc crcated byveaicles accessino inland areas on unCormod dirtroads andtra(fko duriugsgetseeathpr conditions! Dsmage caused during these times ca n lead to costly remed¡alworSs and potontialclosures of lmportvntaccess roads.

8 ATTEND TO YOUR FISHING GEAR AND VALUE YOUR CATCH

Treatfish humanely and avoidwaste by: D espatphing fish that po p a re ge ing to keep immediatdiy afte r carfture. Attesndidg to your gearpo ensurethatfish are retriertee as

Treatfish humanely and avoidwaste by: D espatphing fish that po p a re ge ing to keep immediatdiy afte r carfture. Attesndidg to your gearpo ensurethatfish are retriertee as

Educating other anglers, particularly children, to understand and dbservefishing regelationswill lead to a better-informed recreational fishing community. Thiswill encouroue awareness of the environment and responsible recreational fishing.

Catching undersized or unwanted species is i nevitable, tnut t hey should bereturned to the water in a humane manner immediately. Wetting ofhands or use of a wet cloth when handling fishimproovs teeiï ourv¡val rate, and their contribution to future catches. Learn

Educating other anglers, particularly children, to understand and dbservefishing regelationswill lead to a better-informed recreational fishing community. Thiswill encouroue awareness of the environment and responsible recreational fishing.

Catching undersized or unwanted species is i nevitable, tnut t hey should bereturned to the water in a humane manner immediately. Wetting ofhands or use of a wet cloth when handling fishimproovs teeiï ourv¡val rate, and their contribution to future catches. Learn

Many problems, such asthe establishment of feral populations like European carp and invasiveweed can result from such activities. Unnatural interactions may resultin depletion offish populations. Wash your boatwithfreshwaterto preventtranslocation of marine organisms.

THIS PROJECT IS FUNDED BYTHE VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT USING RECREATIONAL FISHING LICENCE FEES

Victoria has manyindigenous cultural heritage sites, to preserve these sites: Use established walking tracks around sites. Do not remove or deface any historical artefacts. Respectthe rights of indigenous people.

Alison Gibson Vrfish

For a full version ofthe Code of Conduct please go to www.vrfish.com.au/Code_of_Conduct.htm

Christopher Collins - Executive Officer, Alison Gibson-Administration Officer Ben Scullin — Grants/Project Officer

MARINE HOUSE Ground Floor, 24 York Street, South Melbourne Vic 3205 Ph: 03 9686 7077 Fax: 03 9682 1066 Email: [email protected] Web: www.vrfish.com.au

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For each species of fish not listed in pages 32 - 62 a bag/possession limit of 5 applies.

Albacore and skipjack tuna

Scientific name: Thunnus alalunga and Katsuwonus pelamis Minimum legal size: no minimum. Bag/possession limit: A total limit of 5 for albacore and/or skipjack tuna.

Anchovy, sardine (pilchard) and sprat

Scientific name: Clupeidae/Engraulidae Minimum legal size: no minimum. Bag/possession limit: 40. Note: does not apply to purchased bait.

Clupeidae Engraulidae
Albacore

Australian sardine (pilchard)

Australian herring (Tommy rough)

Scientific name: Arripis georgianus Minimum legal size: no minimum. Bag/possession limit: a total limit of 20 Australian herring and/or Australian salmon.

Australian sardine (pilchard)

Australian salmon

Scientific name: Arripis spp. Minimum legal size: 21cm. Bag/possession limit: a total limit of 20 Australian salmon and/or Australian herring.

Distinguishing features of Australian salmon and Australian herring:

Australian Herring

Small eyes

Dark vertical bars

\ Large eyes

Distinguishing features of Australian salmon and Australian herring:

Smooth scales Australian salmon juvenile

Small eyes

Smooth scales Australian salmon juvenile

Dark vertical bars

  • Large eyes
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