A long history of fishing
The WCL has a strong association with fishing and harvesting of marine resources. The Worimi People have a long history of fishing and shellfish collecting. This is reflected in the extraordinary number of Worimi cultural sites occurring throughout the WCL which are dominated by pipi shells, with some also containing estuarine and rock shellfish species.
The strong cultural links with fishing are also evident at Birubi Point and throughout the declared Aboriginal Place. Archaeological investigations at Birubi have identified 23 fish species, the use of fish hooks made from turban shells, and evidence of diverse and effective fishing methods (Dyall 1982, 2004).
Fishing continues to be an important part of Worimi culture today. The WCL is recognised as an excellent beach fishing destination and has a strong history of recreational fishing. Prior to the more recent broader popularity of the WCL, recreational fishing was one of the main reasons people visited Stockton Bight. Fishing continues to be one of the most popular recreational activities in the WCL, including outside of peak holiday periods.
All recreational fishing activities in NSW waters are regulated under the Fisheries Management Act. Recreational fishing must be in accordance with recreational licence conditions specified by the Department of Primary Industries and the Fisheries Management Act.