The option for council to implement and enforce new rock fishing safety regulations is up for discussion at this week's meeting.
However, it's the recommendation of council staff that Bega Valley Shire Council not "opt in" to the state government recommendations, but instead look for other opportunities to work with the DPI that don't impact so heavily on council resources.
The NSW Rock Fishing Safety Act has asked councils to nominate whether they wish to make lifejackets mandatory for rock fishers in their shire, an understandably big task for those with coastlines as long and varied as the Bega Valley.
While the council said it supports initiatives to improve safety, it also noted many local councils "do not have the resources to effectively police and enforce the Act".
It's a similar point made on potentially installing "angel rings" at popular rock fishing locations, although their merits were worth assessing further the staff report says.
"The purpose of these assets is for them to be available in times of need, which means they cannot be locked. As such these types of assets can be removed or vandalised. If they are installed, there is an expectation they will be maintained. Keeping up with a high number of replacements can be difficult and costly."
Councillors on Wednesday will be asked to choose to "opt in" to implementing and enforcing the Act; to explore alternative options of working with the DPI to improve rock fishing safety; or to do nothing.
The meeting begins at 2pm and will be live streamed via the BVSC website.