Local yabby fishers are being encouraged to dispose of their opera house style nets by exchanging them for a free, wildlife friendly net.
Opera house nets are currently banned in all Victorian waters and from last week, recreational fishers can exchange the old style of net for a new, open top net free of charge.
The ban comes after the opera style nets were implicated in the drowning of air breathing wildlife including platypuses, water rats and turtles.
Friends of Tullaroop Creek coordinator Alex Stoneman is encouraging local yabby fishers to take advantage of the exchange and “do their bit” to help protect local wildlife.
“The opera nets are great for yabbies but people don’t realise what effect they have on other animals,” he said.
Recreational fishers can trade in up to three opera house nets for the new wildlife friendly nets while stocks last.
To find participating tackle stores visit vfa.vic.gov.au.
For more on this story see Page 12 of The Advertiser, Friday, September 14.