Jewfish signs to aid anglers
Signs informing anglers of the presence of black jewfish, often confused for mulloway, have been installed at Pardoo Station.
Although the two fish are similar in appearance, the mulloway is not found north of Exmouth and different rules apply when fishing for the species.
Both species have a bag limit of two, but black jewfish have a size limit of 700mm — 200mm above the mulloway.
Department of Fisheries northern community education officer Jessamy Ham said adhering to size limits ensured the sustainability of fish stocks.
“Taking undersized fish means that you are taking the fish out of the population before they have had a chance to reproduce and replace themselves,” she said.
Pardoo Station is a popular spot for shore-based and small boat anglers, with easy access to camping and caravan park facilities, as well as the nearby Cape Keraudren.
Fishers observing illegal fishing activity are encouraged to report it to the Fishwatch hotline on 1800 815 507.
Jessamy Ham with the new jewfish signage.