Recreational fishing

When fishing in NSW waters, both freshwater and saltwater, you are required by law to pay the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee and carry a receipt showing the payment of the fee.

Stay safe while you are on the water or on the rocks by following NSW fishing laws and safety measures such as wearing a lifejacket.

There are rules for where and when you must wear a lifejacket and what type. In some declared areas of NSW, it compulsory by law to wear an approved lifejacket while rock fishing.

Related apps

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FishSmart NSW

The official app from NSW Department of Primary Industries provides you with the essential information you need to fish recreationally in NSW. 

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Marine Rescue NSW

Marine Rescue NSW is the State’s official volunteer marine rescue service. The Marine Rescue App allows you to register details of your next boating trip.

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