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Newcastle fishers encouraged to round up their old yabby traps


Recreational anglers are being urged to “do their bit to save native aquatic wildlife” by making an important trade at this weekend’s Gone Fishing Day at Lake Macquarie.

The Hunter fishos will have the chance to swap their old and unwanted Opera House yabby traps for an Oar-Gee Plow lure at Croudace Bay Park on Sunday 8 October between 10am and 2pm.

The move also supports sustainable fishing practices.

Opera House nets are now illegal in NSW and those collected will be recycled into useful products for anglers, with the proceeds being used to aid habitat restoration.

“The popularity of yabby fishing has put pressure on native wildlife, which can unwittingly get caught inside the traps,” OzFish director of habitat programs Cassie Price said.

“Alternative devices, such as open-top pyramid nets and hoop nets, are a more environmentally-friendly design, allowing non-target species to escape if they swim in while also being effective at catching a tasty feed of fresh yabbies.

“Yabby fishing really gets going in the summer, so now is the perfect time to update your gear and rather than have it go to landfill, give it another life.”

The OzFish Lake Macquarie Chapter is hosting the Gone Fishing Day.

Local expert angler Dan Guilfoyle will educate the community about the Dusky Flathead, how to better target the fish and what to do if they catch one with a tag.

“It’ll also be a great day out on the river where families and friends can bond over fishing and meet like-minded people,” Ms Price said.

“There will be something for everyone, including beginners, as well as activities for the keen angler.

“A range of basic skills will be shared, giving up and coming fishos the confidence to wet a line on their own.

“Let’s get the kids involved in our favourite pastime and learn some best practice fishing tips.

“So, bring fishing gear, a hat, sunscreen and a water bottle.”

If you would like to know more about the Yabby Trap Round-Up project or become a member of OzFish, go online at www.ozfish.org.au or contact 1800 431 308.

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