Holidaying anglers be aware of no-fish sanctuary

HOLIDAYING anglers are being reminded to be aware of sanctuary zones - areas where you cannot fish.

There is great fishing off the NSW North Coast, but there are also a couple of small sanctuary zones.

These zones are important in protecting critically endangered species and help maintain Australia's marine biodiversity.

The Cod Grounds Commonwealth Marine Reserve (9km off the coast of Laurieton) and the Pimpernel Rock Sanctuary Zone (7km off the coast of Sandon Bluffs) inside the Solitary Islands Common- wealth Marine Reserve are both areas where fishing of any sort is prohibited.

Parks Australia spokesperson Andrew Read said marker buoys installed in the centre of these zones were to help marine users be aware of boundaries.

"We've noticed this year that while local fishers know the areas and almost always stay out of the sanctuary zones, visiting fishers are not as aware and can stray into these no go zones," Dr Read said.

Illegal fishing can be reported through the Fishers Watch hotline on 1800 043 536.



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