Changes for yabby fishing gear

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The Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) plans to change the types of yabby nets that can be used by recreational anglers The changes, to be introduced from 1 July 2019, will simplify yabby fishing rules and ban the use of opera house nets in all Victorian waters.

Many fishers who have purchased opera house nets to fish for yabbies are unaware that these nets are currently banned in all Victorian public waters. The opera house nets were banned because their use has been implicated in the drowning of air breathing wildlife, such as water rats (rakali), platypus and turtles. VFA’s research has shown alternative 'wildlife friendly' yabby nets, such as open top lift nets, are just as effective at catching yabbies. The VFA’s yabby net swap program will enable fishers to trade in their old opera house nets for free 'wildlife friendly' open top lift nets (while stocks last). Open top nets can be legally used in both public and private Victorian waters.

For more information visit our frequently asked questions link or click here to find out where to exchange your yabby nets (while stocks last).