Victoria to ban 'opera house' nets by 2019

Callum Godde

Victoria is banning a type of fishing net which has proved deadly for the state's struggling native platypus population.

The 'opera house'-style nets, so-named because their shape resembles the iconic Sydney landmark, are used to snare yabbies, but will be completely banned across Victoria's network of public and private waterways from mid-2019, Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford announced on Monday.

"Opera house nets have been placing our platypus population at risk and so its time for us to embrace different fishing gear that will catch just as many yabbies without impacting our precious wildlife," Ms Pulford said.