Ecosystem-destroying carp swimming in NSW waterways will now be in the crosshairs of the state's keen-eyed bowfishers.
Off the back of multiple successful trials, Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall has announced a new set of rules and regulations for bowfishing across the state.
Under the new rules, bowfishing for carp will be allowed in specific inland waterways and when specialised equipment is used.
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Rodney Cockburn, the owner of Compleat Angler Wagga Wagga, said there is "absolutely" a lot of Riverina fishermen keen for the loosened restrictions and he expects the popularity of the sport to grow in coming years.
"The interest here in the Riverina is quite substantial and there is definitely going to be an increase in that in the next few months," Mr Cockburn said.
"It's a growing thing and when the knowledge gets around that it's legal and when people find out the equipment is available it won't be long."
In the new restrictions announced by Mr Mashall, bowfishing is still prohibited in tidal waters, entrances to rivers and lakes, coastal lagoons and all offshore waters, estuaries and beaches.
Those taking part will require a valid NSW Recreational Fishing License and the sport cannot be conducted within 50 metres of a person or vehicle that is not part of the fishing party.
Carp fish are considered a pest due to the damage they cause to waterways and they remain the only species that may be taken using bowfishing equipment.
"This is a popular activity, and bowfishers will now be allowed to target carp using an upright bow with a specialised arrow attached through a tethered line and a reel," Mr Marshall said.
"The Trial Program in 2016 and 2017 and its subsequent review identified that, with the right regulation, bowfishing is a safe and sustainable technique. This is in addition to the huge environmental benefits that come from removing pest carp from inland waters."
In light of the updates rules, a NSW Recreational guide to bowfishing for carp has been made available on the NSW DPI website.
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