Make sure you know the rules

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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.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Fish­eries of­fi­cers will be on pa­trol over the fes­tive sea­son.

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