The NSW DPI Fisheries is considering the banning of Opera house Yabby traps for recreational fishers in all waters of NSW in the near future.
These traps are being banned as they pose a considerable risk to platypus, water rats and other air breathing animals. NSW Fisheries have amended legislation to allow for open top style pyramid nets to be used in all waters where lift/hoop nets are currently allowed and these open style nets are considered an appropriate replacement for Yabby fishing with opera house style enclosed traps.
AFTA understands that the traps are currently banned or slated for being banned in a number of other state jurisdictions.
NSW DPI Fisheries has advised that they will run a comprehensive social media and education program when the Opera house traps are banned.