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Changes to Recreational Cockle Harvesting

The NSW Government has reduced the possession limit of Cockles from 50 to 20 per person, effective from 14 October 2020.

This change has been implemented following consultation with and support from the NSW Recreational Fishing Advisory Council. The change is to ensure a balance between managing Cockle numbers into the future while still providing a sustainable catch for recreational fishers.

The rules now allow for a combined recreational possession limit of 50 Cockles, Mussels and Pipis, of which only 20 can now be Cockles. The new possession limit applies per person across the whole State.

The new rules have been implemented through the Fisheries Management (Possession Limit) (Estuary Cockles) Order 2020, which was issued under Sections 227 and 228 of the Fisheries Management 1994 and published in the NSW Government Gazette.

Information on legal fishing and marine invertebrate collecting is available through the free FishSmart NSW App.

Please report suspected illegal fishing activity by calling 1800 043 536 or report online at


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