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Cod and crays now off limits

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September 14, 2017

The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is reminding recreational fishers that the annual Murray cod and Murray crayfish season for NSW waters closed on Friday, September 1.

DPI’s Inland Recreational Fisheries senior manager Cameron Westaway said the three-month fishing closure for Murray cod aimed to protect the native species during its breeding season.

‘‘From 1 September until 1 December, 2017, fishing for Murray cod in NSW waters is prohibited,’’ Mr Westaway said.

Anglers are also reminded the trout cod, found in parts of the Murray-Murrumbidgee rivers, are totally protected year-round.

‘‘The Murray crayfish fishery is also closed all year as they are a vulnerable species and can only be legally taken in specified waters of the Murray and Murrumbidgee rivers from June 1 to August 31,’’ Mr Westaway said.

●Anyone who is unsure of the rules and regulations should contact their local Fisheries Office before they go fishing.

People can report suspected illegal fishing to the Fishers Watch phone line on 1800043536.

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