Jew­fish signs to aid an­glers

Pilbara News - - PILBARA FISHING - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­ture: Amy Jones

Jes­samy Ham with the new jew­fish sig­nage.

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