Ban be­gins to pre­serve fish stocks

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Cal­lum Hunter

South West an­glers will have to press pause on their quest to land a feed of fish af­ter a sea­sonal clo­sure on West Coast de­m­er­sal fin­fish was im­ple­mented last week.

The clo­sure ap­plies to the en­tire West Coast Biore­gion, run­ning from the 27th par­al­lel south to Black Point, south-east of Au­gusta, and is de­signed to re­duce the amount of fish be­ing caught by lim­it­ing the to­tal time that an­glers are able to spend fish­ing.

De­m­er­sal fin­fish typ­i­cally dwell on or near the ocean floor, and are usu­ally found at depths of 20m or more.

In to­tal, more than 100 species are pro­tected un­der the clo­sure, all of which must be re­turned to the wa­ter as soon as pos­si­ble if caught or landed recre­ation­ally.

Some of the most pop­u­lar de­m­er­sal species caught in the South West in­clude dhu­fish, pink snap­per and break­sea cod and bald­chin groper.

Ar­eas that have proved pop­u­lar with an­glers in­clude Geographe Bay, Bun­bury Ar­ti­fi­cial Reef and wa­ters off of Bin­ningup.

Har­vey Dis­tricts Wa­ter Sports As­so­ci­a­tion com­modore Ken Up­ton was in favour of the clo­sure, cit­ing that the strat­egy was work­ing.

“I’m in favour of it for sure, I think its a good idea,” he said.

“We as a club de­cided that we don’t fish or hold any com­pe­ti­tions dur­ing the closed sea­son.”

Mr Up­ton said he fully sup­ported the pros­e­cu­tion of those who vi­o­lated the clo­sure .

Fish­eries spokesman for the De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Nathan Har­ri­son said recre­ational fish­ers across the West Coast Biore­gion gen­er­ally abided by the sea­sonal fish­ing clo­sure.

“De­m­er­sal species are highly sought-af­ter by recre­ational boat­based fish­ers in the South West,” he said.

“The high level of vol­un­tary com­pli­ance re­flects the fact that most fish­ers treat fish stocks with a sense of per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity and stew­ard­ship.”

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