Fish­ing ban at wreck

Fremantle Gazette - - OPINION -

FISH­ING around the wreck of the Omeo in North Coogee could land an­glers a fine of up to $5000 af­ter a no-fish­ing zone came into ef­fect last week.

With a boat­ing ban al­ready in place at the pop­u­lar dive trail site, the new no-fish­ing zone is ex­pected to re­duce the chance of in­jury to divers ex­plor­ing the 112-year-old wreck.

The ban will also in­clude the City of Cock­burn’s ar­ti­fi­cial reef mod­ules.

Fish­eries Min­is­ter Dave Kelly said the pro­hi­bi­tion had the sup­port of Rec­fish­west and the WA Fish­ing In­dus­try Council.

“The Omeo wreck is part of an im­por­tant recre­ational and ed­u­ca­tional dive trail ad­ja­cent to the south­ern break­wa­ter at North Coogee Ma­rina,” he said.

“Mak­ing it a no-fish­ing zone will make it safer for divers and snorkellers as they en­joy the mar­itime his­tory and di­verse marine life.”

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