Anglers put on notice over rubbish at Sydney wharves

Anglers put on notice over rubbish at Sydney wharves

“Disgusting” anglers who fail to clean up after themselves are causing a stink at Sydney wharves.

The NSW DPI (Department of Primary Industries) Fisheries issued a notice today warning bad behaviour by those fishing at Sydney Harbour and Parramatta River ferry wharves would attract hefty fines and penalties.

The department pointed to the recent state of Kissing Point Wharf in which people fishing left the space in disarray.

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A photo shared to social media shows the wharf littered with fish guts, bait and rubbish, including a knife left unattended on the ground.

Commenters noted that it was “disgusting” and that it was “a few spoiling it for the rest”.

“School holidays are here and many people and families will be using the Sydney Harbour and Parramatta River ferry wharves to destinations across the Harbour,” the notice reads.

“Recreational fishing is permitted on most of the wharves, however, signage on the wharves points out the rules for fishers to abide by while throwing a line from them.”

The department said police will be conducting regular patrols to make sure those fishing are doing the right thing.

It’s reminding anglers to ensure no fish remains are left on wharf or commuter seating and no knives are left in open view or unsecured while out fishing.

Fines of $250 apply to those caught breaking the rules and can reach up to $1500 if the matter goes to court, according to the NSW Government website. 

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