Changes to Recreational Crab Net Rules in Port Stephens
New rules came into force in Port Stephens in May 2015 in regards to crab trap equipment. Existing crab traps and witches hats must be modified to lower the risk of turtle entanglement.
Given the high reported drowning rate of turtles in Port Stephens and recognition of the estuary being important for turtles, a trial of new crab gear rules is being implemented in Port Stephens requiring:
1) Recreational witches hats to be modified so that the entanglement net is not inverted when set, that...