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South West reef trial brings positive results

Posted by Harry

The number of fish species recorded at Western Australia’s first trial artificial reefs has more than quadrupled in two years. Department of Fisheries’ researchers have noted significant marine growth on the 60 reef modules, building a welcoming habitat for fish and giving anglers new fishing spots. 50 finfish species had been recorded around the South-West… Read more »

Fisheries officers target illegal gear

Posted by Larissa

Fisheries and Marine Officers are always on the lookout for illegal fishing gear and the fish trap spotted on the bow of a Port Hedland man’s boat has cost him more than $1,600. The same court session cost another Port Hedland man over $1,400 for fish in his possession in excess of the daily bag… Read more »

Your chance to join the Fishing WA Pro Tackle Team!

Posted by Larissa

Fishing WA Pro Tackle is looking for a full time salesperson. We are growing rapidly and this is your chance to join a professional, customer-focused team. The successful applicant will have a friendly and outgoing nature and a willingness to provide excellent customer service at all levels. Obviously you must love fishing and talking about… Read more »

Early closure of Cockburn Sound crab fishery

Posted by Larissa

The Department of Fisheries is introducing an early end to the current season for the Cockburn Sound crab fishery, to protect blue swimmer crab breeding stocks and the recreational fishing closure will come into force on Wednesday this week (14 May 2014). Early closure is a precautionary measure and follows a stock assessment of the… Read more »

New app to help fishers record marine strangers in 2014

Posted by Larissa

Western Australian researchers are supporting the Range Extension Database Mapping Project, or Redmap, and its free application to assist reporting of unusual marine species, with just a few clicks of a smart phone. Complementing the Redmap website at www.redmap.org.au, the app allows users to access information on marine species that are of particular interest to look out for… Read more »

Asian paddle crab – check your catches closely

Posted by Larissa

If you are crabbing over summer in the West Coast Region, the Department of Fisheries is calling for help from fishers in reporting any unusual crabs they find when fishing in the Swan River, following the discovery of three pest crabs last year. The Asian paddle crab (Charybdis japonica) is an aggressive non-native crab that could spread devastating… Read more »