Solitary Ranger, the NSW Government's largest ever offshore patrol vessel has been spotted on the Camden Haven River

ON PATROL: The Solitary Ranger on the Camden Haven River. Picture: Anne-Maree Rogers.
ON PATROL: The Solitary Ranger on the Camden Haven River. Picture: Anne-Maree Rogers.

Solitary Ranger, the NSW Government's largest ever offshore patrol vessel has been spotted cruising along the Camden Haven River off the North Haven Breakwall.

The $3.3 million rigid hull inflatable operated by the NSW Department of Primary Industries wowed local boaties as it cruised past on Wednesday, November 3.

The 20m long vessel was originally named and launched in Coffs Harbour during August last year by Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall.

"The Solitary Ranger is used in a range of activities including ocean patrols, surveillance activities and targeted operations," a DPI spokesperson said.

ON PATROL: The Solitary Ranger on the Camden Haven River. Picture: Anne-Maree Rogers.

ON PATROL: The Solitary Ranger on the Camden Haven River. Picture: Anne-Maree Rogers.

"It plays a critical role in preventing illegal fishing and protecting aquatic resources including fish habitats as well as ensures we have sufficient fish stocks for present and future generations in NSW.

"The vessel is equipped with ground-breaking scientific equipment and can accommodate 16 staff on board at any given time.

"It is capable of covering more than 1,000 nautical miles of coastline and primarily patrols the north coast of NSW from Tweed Heads down to Sydney.

"As part of 'Operation Ascend' which commenced last school holidays, DPI Fisheries is ramping up boat-based compliance patrols of recreational and commercial fishers."

The long range patrol boat is considered the largest and most technologically advanced vessel at the disposal of the NSW DPI Fisheries Compliance team.

It undertakes operations to break up illegal fishing from Sydney to the Queensland border and out to Lord Howe Island using the latest mapping and surveillance equipment including infrared cameras.

People are encouraged to report all suspected illegal fishing activities by calling Fishers Watch on 1800 043 536 or via www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/compliance

ON PATROL: The Solitary Ranger on the Camden Haven River. Picture: Anne-Maree Rogers.

ON PATROL: The Solitary Ranger on the Camden Haven River. Picture: Anne-Maree Rogers.