Sea­son yields bumper mar­ron haul

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS - Jac­inta Can­te­tore

NEARLY 11,000 mar­ron fish­ing li­cences were is­sued this year, slightly lower than pre­vi­ous years’ tal­lies.

This year the mar­ron sea­son ran from mid­day, Jan­uary 8, to mid­day, Fe­bru­ary 5.

In 2017, 11,465 li­cences were is­sued with 11,055 li­cences is­sued for the 2016 sea­son, but the lower num­ber of par­tic­i­pants this year did not stop a bumper haul.

At the start of the sea­son ex- perts from the Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment were al­ready pro­ject­ing 50,000 mar­ron would be caught dur­ing the four-week win­dow.

“Par­tic­i­pa­tion in the mar­ron sea­son was very high in the open­ing two weeks, with very good catches achieved at Har­vey and Welling­ton dams in par­tic­u­lar,” depart­ment su­per­vis­ing fish­eries and marine of­fi­cer Graeme Hall said.

Re­ports from fish­ers in­di­cated the good weather and new moon dur­ing these first two weeks pro­vided op­ti­mal con­di­tions.

Mr Hall said he had heard of one group of fish­ers that vis­ited Har- vey Dam on sev­eral oc­ca­sions through­out the sea­son and never left empty-handed.

“The fish­ers were each able to achieve their in­di­vid­ual tro­phy wa­ters bag limit of five mar­ron per fisher on each oc­ca­sion,” he said.

While most peo­ple fol­lowed the mar­ron fish­ing rules, depart­ment of­fices recorded 68 of­fences this year, the most com­mon of­fence be­ing fish­ing out of sea­son.

This fig­ure brings the to­tal to 331 of­fences in WA in the past three years.

“The de­tec­tion of the out of sea­son of­fences were due to con­certed ef­forts of south­ern and metro com­pli­ance staff in the pre-sea­son pe­riod, as part of the depart­ment’s Op­er­a­tion Ker­inci,” Mr Hall said.

“We re­ceived ex­cel­lent feed­back from fish­ers and com­mu­nity mem­bers for the pro-ac­tive pa­trol du­ties.”

Par­tic­i­pa­tion in the mar­ron sea­son was very high in the open­ing two weeks, with very good catches achieved.

- Fish­eries and marine of­fi­cer Graeme Hall

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