What Are the Rules for Spearfishing in NSW?

Spearfishing is a great way to experience the ocean and catch some of the most delicious seafood! In New South Wales, the rules and regulations surrounding spearfishing are important to consider before setting out on an adventure. The following is a guide to understanding the rules for spearfishing in NSW.

Before heading out, itโ€™s important to familiarize yourself with the size restrictions for certain species of fish. In NSW, there are daily minimum and maximum total length limits for different species of fish. Itโ€™s also important to be aware of any seasonal restrictions that may be in place for certain fish species. If youโ€™re unsure about these regulations, you can find them online or at a local tackle shop.

It is also illegal to take undersize or female fish, or any protected species.

Additionally, it is illegal to take any marine mammal or sea turtle while spearfishing in NSW.

Spearfishers must abide by bag limits when hunting in NSW waters. This means that there are daily bag limits for different species of fish which must not be exceeded. Breaking these rules can result in fines and criminal convictions.


When spearfishing in NSW waters, itโ€™s important to observe all safety precautions as outlined by the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (DPI). This includes wearing appropriate clothing such as wetsuits or lycra suits, wearing flotation devices such as life jackets and buoyancy vests, and carrying a float line with a flag attached so that other vessels can see you.


It is mandatory for all spearfishers aged 18 years and over to have an appropriate recreational fishing fee (RFF) before engaging in any fishing activity within NSW waters. This includes spearfishing activities. RFFs can be purchased online or at DPI offices.


Spearfishing is an exciting way to explore the ocean and enjoy some delicious seafood! However, itโ€™s important to understand the rules and regulations that apply when spearfishing in NSW waters as outlined above. By following these rules you will ensure safe and enjoyable experiences on your next spearfishing adventure!

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Lindsay Collins