Victoria's yabby net ban aims to protect wildlife

Opera house nets will no longer be permitted to be used for yabbying in Victoria from July next year. Picture: Shutterstock

Opera house nets will no longer be permitted to be used for yabbying in Victoria from July next year. Picture: Shutterstock

A BAN on opera house nets in all public and private Victorian waters has been welcomed.

Used for yabbying, the opera house nets will no longer be allowed from July 1 next year in an effort to protect native animals near waterways such as platypus and turtles.

Sunraysia OzFish president Braeden Lampard said with data showing opera house nets had killed native animals, it was a good change.

He said the alternative nets worked fine for catching yabbies and were more wildlife friendly.

“You don’t need an opera house net to catch yabbies,” Mr Lampard said.

He also welcomed the Victorian Fisheries Authority’s plan to offer a trade-in service where yabby hunters can swap opera house nets for free open top lift nets.

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