Friday, 22 February 2019

Commercial fishing changes are being introduced in the Pittwater estuary.

Through the cooperation of the small number of commercial fishing operators who work in the estuary, changes have been voluntarily agreed to amend the areas and methods permitted to be used for commercial fishing activity in the Pittwater.

Key changes include:

  • Prohibiting commercial hauling south of a line between Sand Point at Palm Beach and The Basin
  • No mesh netting during daylight hours
  • No mesh nets to be set and left unattended
  • Modifying traps and nets to reduce by-catch
  • Better identification of floats to reduce navigational risks


“The Pittwater is one of our most important and impressive natural assets,” Rob Stokes said today.

“The environmental and economic sustainability of the estuary has benefits for our whole community.

“These changes reflect a positive plan to ensure the ongoing health and functionality of the waterway.

“There has been long-standing concern about conflict between the different users of the waterway and the need to strike a better balance into the future.

“This is an encouraging example of government, industry and the community working together to deliver an outcome that will have wide-reaching benefits,” Rob Stokes said.