Keep the kids safe while fishing during the school holidays

SAFETY FIRST: Residents are reminded to stay safe and check the conditions before the kids go fishing.
SAFETY FIRST: Residents are reminded to stay safe and check the conditions before the kids go fishing.

Hazardous surf conditions has put beach activities on a safety alert during the school holidays.

People are reminded to avoid rock fishing and other dangerous water activities on exposed beaches and rock-shelves.

You can stay up-to-date by checking the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecast before undertaking activities on the water.

Boaties should seek advice from the Marine Rescue NSW website and always wear a lifejacket.

Keep kids in the loop

The NSW Department of Primary Industries provides free activity sheets for kids which can be downloaded from its website.

It provides information on safety as well as the latest catch and release rules and regulations.

All the worksheets can be found and downloaded from

Lismore City Council gets the tick of approval

A recent DPI Fisheries permit inspection on dredging and reclamation works being carried out in Back Creek at Bentley by Lismore City Council found permit conditions were being complied with.

Lismore City Council was replacing an existing bridge and had installed a temporary crossing.

The staff on site had attended a Fish Friendly Councils Workshop in late May this year which aimed to achieve better outcomes for fish and fish habitat during and after when in-stream works were being undertaken.

Council staff pointed out that after attending the workshop they had decided to install a low flow pipe in the temporary crossing to improve fish passage when water levels fell during lower rainfall periods which occur in the area during winter and spring.

Creek levels had already dropped once exposing the other three pipes in the crossing but the low flow pipe continued to allow fish to move up and downstream.

Silt curtains had also been deployed correctly.

Photos wanted

Keep the pictures coming in to for the Hooked on Bait Junior Angler of the week competition.

With the weather warming, the next few months should be a great opportunity to take a quick photo or two while your out fishing.

Please make sure the photos are high resolution and shot in portrait mode.

We welcome photos and submissions for fishermen of all ages from across the Far North Coast.

Take a family photo with the kids or send us in something that you've caught yourself.

We accept all photos of fish caught by locals while on holiday or on a weekend away outside the region.