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Warringal Conservation Society

Warringal Conservation Society has written several letters to State and Federal Politicians about the cruel Opera House nets which are used in Australia to catch yabbies, and which do not allow other wildlife caught in them to escape. Now there is good news for the platypus, and also good news for turtles, rakali, birds, and other air-breathing wildlife living in Victorian waters. From the 1st of July 2019, Opera House nets are to be banned in all public and private waterways in Victoria. New open top lift nets are readily available to replace Opera House nets, and these are proven effective yabby catchers. As part of the changes, a one-for-one trade-in is planned whereby fishers can trade in their old Opera House nets for free ‘wildlife friendly’ open top lift nets. Hoop nets can also be used. Photo by DPI Victoria of illegally set Opera House nets.