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Illegal opera house trap found in Weston Creek pond

Lachlan Roberts 28 October 2019 13
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The illegal trap removed from a pond near Kirkpatrick Street in Weston Creek by EPA officer. Photo: Supplied.

The Environment Protection Authority is reminding Canberrans that fish traps and enclosed nets are illegal in the ACT’s lakes and waterways after a net was found in Weston Creek by EPA officers.

EPA said the officers found the ‘opera house’ style net in a pond near Kirkpatrick Street in Weston Creek during a regular waterway inspection.

Enclosed yabby nets, including ‘opera house’ style trap, are now banned in all waterways in the nation’s capital, including private waters and dams, after amendments to the Fisheries Act 2000 passed in the Legislative Assembly last month.

Fisherman found using the illegal traps and nets can incur penalties of up to $5000.

EPA spokesperson Narelle Sargent said officers would be especially vigilant following warmer weather, as a number of illegal nets were seized across the Territory last summer.

“Fishing traps can cause great harm to some of our protected species, having been responsible for the deaths of platypus, turtles and other fish and aquatic mammals,” Ms Sargent said. “Canberrans are reminded that under ACT law, fish traps, enclosed nets and set lines are not permitted in the ACT’s lakes and rivers.

“EPA officers respond to information received from the public or other areas of government concerning potential breaches of Canberra’s environmental legislation.”

EPA officers are proactively checking the Territory’s lakes and rivers including monitoring algae and turbidity levels, retrieving samples of any suspicious or potentially hazardous liquids for further analysis and searching for persons or equipment in breach of ACT fishing regulations.

Canberrans are encouraged to report any issues or concerns to the EPA they can call Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

Click here for more information on ACT fishing rules. 


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13 Responses to Illegal opera house trap found in Weston Creek pond
Dee Smith Dee Smith 11:16 pm 28 Oct 19

Andrew Pinney lol we saw this the other day on our walk with the doggos!!

paservank paservank 2:10 pm 28 Oct 19

Shane Bennett – not any more! As it says in the article, “Enclosed yabby nets, including ‘opera house’ style trap, are now banned in all waterways in the nation’s capital, including private waters and dams, after amendments to the Fisheries Act 2000 passed in the Legislative Assembly last month.”

Shane Bennett Shane Bennett 12:19 pm 28 Oct 19

Still legal to own and use on private land, but illegal in public waterways.

Jessica Marie Jessica Marie 12:10 pm 28 Oct 19

Someone gets paid to look at stinky water😕

Ben Lovelock Ben Lovelock 11:40 am 28 Oct 19

There illegal? They sell them at bcf🤔

    Shane Griffin Shane Griffin 12:53 pm 28 Oct 19

    Ben Lovelock because they are not illegal in other states

Megan Ranger Megan Ranger 11:28 am 28 Oct 19

What were they trying to catch!!?

    Owen Skelly Owen Skelly 11:58 am 28 Oct 19

    Megan Ranger a shopping trolley

    Steve Car Steve Car 12:06 pm 28 Oct 19

    Megan Ranger usually yabbies with that type of trap , plenty of gray nomads carry them in their caravans whilst travelling around Australia etc and other then the ACT I believe that are legal everywhere else (WA for sure as I’ve purchased one from there)

    Richard Willcoxson Richard Willcoxson 12:12 pm 28 Oct 19

    Steve Car they still buy them in Canberra. Just illegal to use them.

Troy Summerfield Troy Summerfield 10:23 am 28 Oct 19

Chris 🍚 😑 I bet ya

    Chris Pye Chris Pye 11:09 am 28 Oct 19

    Troy Summerfield we can’t both bet on the same thing, no one wins 🤷‍♂️

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