Great chance to wet a line

Pilbara News - - Sport - Re­becca Parish

Both Fed­eral and State gov­ern­ments have ac­knowl­edged one of the most im­por­tant pas­times in Aus­tralia with the launch of Gone Fish­ing Day.

Recre­ational fish­er­men and women can take to the wa­ters in WA with­out a li­cence, giv­ing new­com­ers a chance to try their hand at some­thing they might not have tried be­fore.

State Fish­eries Min­is­ter Joe Fran­cis urged West Aus­tralians to join in and cel­e­brate the day on Oc­to­ber 16.

“More than 750,000 West Aus­tralians en­joy recre­ational fish­ing each year and Gone Fish­ing Day is de­signed to en­cour­age as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to par­tic­i­pate,” he said.

“With Western Aus­tralia’s huge ex­panse of coast­line and nu­mer­ous sea­side com­mu­ni­ties, recre­ational fish­ing has long been part of the West Aus­tralian so­cial fab- ric, with proven health and well­be­ing ben­e­fits.

Whether it is wet­ting a line in a South-West stream or try­ing to land a barra in the Kim­ber­ley, there is a di­verse range of fish­ing ex­pe­ri­ences on of­fer.

“While Oc­to­ber 16 will be li­cence-free, the nor­mal fish­ing rules will still ap­ply and fish­eries and marine of­fi­cers will be out and about to en­sure com­pli­ance,” Mr Fran­cis said.

As a con­ces­sion to the event, the an­nual West Coast Bio-re­gion de­m­er­sal fin-fish clo­sure, due to start on Oc­to­ber 15, will be de­layed for 48 hours.

All other clo­sures will re­main in force, in­clud­ing the ban on fish­ing for pink snap­per in Cock­burn and Warn­bro sounds.

Mr Fran­cis said na­tional Gone Fish­ing Day was another ex­am­ple of Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing recre­ational fish­ing ex­pe­ri­ences to WA through ini­tia­tives such as ar­ti­fi­cial reefs and fish stock­ing projects.

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