Make sure you know the rules
With the holiday season fast approaching, the Department of Fisheries would like to remind fishers to ensure their recreational fishing licences are valid and they have all the relevant information before heading out fishing.
North Coast Bioregion community education officer Jessamy Ham said abiding by the recreational fishing rules was important.
“Not only do the rules assist in the sustainable management of our fisheries — they also help ensure we have quality recreational fishing experiences in the future,” she said.
“For the latest information make sure you have a copy of the Statewide Recreational Fishing Guide 2015, which outlines bag limits, size limits and general recreational fishing rules, as well as a fish ruler and a fish identification guide with you while fishing.
“Each of these items is available from your local Department of Fisheries office, participating retail outlets or online at fish.wa.gov.au.”
As the wet season is now upon us, it is a great time to wet a line and try to catch a barramundi.
These iconic fish are a highly sought-after species.
To maintain a high-quality barramundi fishery, some important rules are in place.
You can only keep your barra if it is between 550mm and 800mm. All barramundi are born males and then turn into females, so it is important that we return the large breeding females back to the water as fast as possible. The daily bag limit is two and the possession limit is also two.
Fisheries and Marine Officers will remain on duty during the festive season and fishers observing suspected illegal fishing activity are encouraged to report it to the FishWatch hotline on 1800 815 507.
Fisheries officers will be on patrol over the festive season.