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Council yabby ‘swap net’ program

Council offers swap net program following yabby net regulation changes that are effective from 1 July

Enclosed yabby nets on grass

Council yabby ‘swap net’ program

We've received an overwhelming response to the yabby net swap program and have exhausted our yabby net allocation. Council will keep our community informed of any potential net swap opportunities in the future.

As of 1 July 2023, the use of opera house yabby nets has been banned in all South Australian (public and private) waters.

To help transition away from opera house style nets and to support our local recreational fishers Council is offering to swap opera house nets to the wildlife friendly yabby net design.

The nets are up for grabs as part of the proactive Council ‘swap net’ program.

Adelaide Hills Council has been a long-time advocate for these changes away from opera house style yabby nets as they are a risk to local wildlife such as Platypus, Turtles and Rakali (native water rats).

Nets can be swapped at the Heathfield Depot on Monday - Friday between 9.00am - 4.00pm.

Those swapping will be able to choose from two types of nets, a drop net or a square folding pyramid pot style.

Limit of five nets per person (in exchange for five Opera House nets), until stocks last.

Accepted yabby nets

Yabby net infographic with accepted styles and banned styles

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