Freshwater fishing season extended
IT is hoped lifting the annual twomonth freshwater fishing ban in July and August will help promote tourism and prevent juvenile marron, trout and other native fish falling prey to feral redfin perch.
State Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly announced on Saturday the annual seasonal closure on select dams would be lifted starting from next year.
More than 637,000 trout grown at the fisheries’ hatchery and research centre near Pemberton would be released into selected rivers and dams to help maintain the State’s “popular” freshwater fishing activity.
“Removing the July-August closure, from 2018 and onwards, has a number of economic and social benefits, including supporting regional tourism and providing opportunities for families to spend quality time together outdoors,” Mr Kelly said.
Australis Fishing owner Jim Kitis said he supported the sentiment behind using freshwater fishing to promote regional tourism.
“I would like to see more trout put into waterways in and around the Pemberton region and other areas that have been negatively affected by the loss of industry,” he said.
Mr Kelly said the season extension was a result of ongoing fisheries research and stock monitoring, which had identified the environmental and economic benefits of removing the season closure.
He added the change increased opportunities for licensed anglers to support the environment by reducing the numbers of feral redfin perch.
Mr Kitis questioned why – because redfin were considered vermin – anglers needed to pay for a licence to fish for redfin as they were a danger to native fish and juvenile marron.
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