Valid li­cence the first step

Pilbara News - - Sport -

The wet sea­son is here and the whis­pers of bar­ra­mundi be­ing caught closer to home are start­ing to get louder.

This means hol­i­days are just around the cor­ner.

The Department of Fish­eries re­minds all fish­ers to check the ex­piry dates on their licences and make sure they are cur­rent.

The money from recre­ational li­cence fees con­trib­utes to in­creas­ing recre­ational fish­ers’ ex­pe­ri­ences.

Ini­tia­tives in­clude ar­ti­fi­cial reefs and fish-at­tract­ing de­vices, re­stock­ing projects, and re­search into pop­u­lar recre­ational species, as well as fund­ing for Rec­fish­west.

DoF com­pli­ance man­ager Stu­art Mc­Dowall said Fish­eries and marine of­fi­cers would be pa­trolling dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son.

“Make sure you com­ply with the recre­ational fish­ing rules, in­clud­ing the size and bag lim­its,” he said.

“Th­ese rules are in place to en­sure sus­tain­able man­age­ment of our fish stocks and an en­joy­able fish­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for all.”

The Department of Fish­eries of­fices will be closed from De­cem­ber 23-Jan­uary 3.

As al­ways, you can apply for or re­new your recre­ational fish­ing li­cence at

If fish­ers pre­fer to apply for or re­new licences at one of the lo­cal of­fices, they are urged to do so well in ad­vance to al­low time for pro­cess­ing be­fore the clo­sure.

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