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Recreational fishers are being reminded that a complete ban on night fishing around power station outlets at Lake Macquarie and Tuggerah comes into effect on Sunday (May 1st).

The restrictions, which are in place for the second year, were introduced to help protect juvenile fish, which gather around the power station outlet’s warm water discharge area.

Director of Compliance Operations, Paul O’Connor, says restrictions are vital to ensure that there continues to be fish in these lakes in years to come.

“Because the young fish like the warmer water they congregate around the outlets in high numbers, this makes it really easy for them to be caught, so a night ban is a very effective way of protecting them.”

The restrictions prohibit anglers from fishing, from boats and on the shore, in or near the power station outlets in Lake Macquarie and Tuggerah Lakes, between Gosford and Newcastle on the NSW north coast, between 6pm and 6am from 1 May to 31 August each year.

“Despite the very best efforts of NSW Fisheries Officers Illegal fishing continued to be a problem during last years closure, particularly at the Munmorah, Eraring and Vales Point power station outlets.

“Signs have been in place for some time reminding fishers about the ban so there will be no excuse for non-compliance this year,” Mr O’Connor said.

Fisheries officers will conduct regular night patrols and those who are caught fishing illegally within the closed areas could face a $500 on the spot fine.

Anyone who witnesses illegal fishing is encouraged to contact the local fisheries office.

“If we all work together we can help ensure that there will be plenty of fish for future generations to enjoy,” Mr O’Connor said.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kelly Stevens 0438-247-571 (02) 8289-3949

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