Whether you want to go saltwater or freshwater fishing, whether you are a resident or non-resident of the country, you will need a fishing licence before picking up your fishing rod. A fishing licence is an important a regulatory mechanism to control over fishing and ensure safety. All the funds they raise with licenses goes back into protecting and conserving vulnerable fish stock, cleaning up or removing trash or debris that pollute waterways and pays for ongoing research to manage and enhance both salt and freshwater fisheries.
A fishing licence must be purchased from the Department of Fisheries office or online. The price of the licence may vary according to the type of licence being purchased and the state in which you reside. Recreational fishing licences are available for short durations for tourists and holidaymakers, and long-term licences are for dedicated local anglers. Each state has different regulations on where and when you can fish, what you can fish for, how many fish of certain species you can catch, type of fishing rod allowed, how many hooks on each line, types of hooks and the season in which you can go fishing for certain species.
A person who wishes to go fishing within the Northern Territory does not require a licence to do so. However, recreational anglers will require a temporary licence for recreational fishing activities conducted on aboriginal granted land and adjoining waters.
Anglers do not need a licence for recreational fishing in Queensland, except when fishing in some stocked compounds. However, bag size and minimum fish sizes vary across the state. No fishing licence is currently required in South Australia. But anglers are not permitted to sell anything they catch in SA waters.
To fish in Tasmanian inland waters, you must hold a current fishing licence, reel and line during the fishing season. You do not need a licence if you want to fish at a registered private fishery or if you are under 14 years of age.
A fishing licence is required if you intend to engage in commercial fishing, which is classified as fishing for financial gain or reward. You would then require a licence even if you are the owner of a boat or a simple crew member.
If you intend to go fishing on private waters, such as ponds, lakes or streams which fall under a person’s own property, you will need to get approval from the owner. You first have to ask the landowner to gain access and assure them that you will leave the land in good or better shape and will release all fish caught. If the landowner finds that their property was damaged then they may have a case of damages against you. It is advised that you take help of commercial property lawyer if such situation arises. Property lawyers in Melbourne have the expertise and great experience in handling such cases; they will assess the whole issue and guide you through the process.
The gulf coast and freshwater offer a multitude of fishing opportunities and those who like to go fishing should know the rules and regulations.