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Opera house nets banned in Victoria from July 2019!

May 21, 2018
 
Opera house net MacKenzie RiverOpera house net recently found in
MacKenzie River

The Andrews Labor Government have announced that from 1 July 2019, opera house nets will be banned in all public and private waters throughout Victoria, with reforms that will benefit native animals that live in and around waterways including platypus and turtles.

Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said “Opera house nets have been placing our platypus population at risk and so its time for us to embrace different fishing gear that will catch just as many yabbies without impacting our precious wildlife.”  Opera house nets in Victoria will be phased out with new open top lift nets now more readily available to replace them.

Up until now, many fishers purchased opera house nets to target yabbies unaware they couldn’t be used in public waters in Victoria. Open top lift nets can be used in both public and private waters and are proven to be effective yabby catchers.

As part of the changes, a one-for-one trade-in is planned, whereby fishers can trade in their old opera house nets for free ‘wildlife friendly’ open top lift nets.

Trials have indicated that wildlife friendly gear such as open top lift nets and hoop nets can actually catch more yabbies than opera house nets when fished actively, so it’ll be even easier to put yabbies on the table. 

The Victorian Fisheries Authority will work with the fishing tackle sector, anglers and environmental groups on an awareness campaign around ‘wildlife friendly’ yabby gear leading up to 1 July next year.