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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 »

Licences: Apply Online and at Fisheries Offices

Posted by Larissa

If you are planning to go fishing this summer, go online first to get the licences you need. Already more than 85,000 licences annually are paid for online, through the Department of Fisheries’ website, by people keen to take advantage of the easy 24/7 access. Executive Director Regional Services Bruno Mezzatesta said the online access provided… Read more »

Roebuck Bay – a Jewel for Local Fishers

Posted by Larissa

Broome’s famed Roebuck Bay is set to become a jewel in the crown for recreational fishing in the Kimberley, with a decision to remove commercial gillnetting by the end of the current fishing year. Department of Fisheries Deputy Director General Heather Brayford said the commercial gillnet fishing licences operating in Roebuck Bay had been put up for sale… Read more »

Keep safe during the West Coast Zone abalone season

Posted by Larissa

Western Australia’s much-prized shellfish can be collected again this Sunday, when thousands of recreational abalone fishers take to the inshore reefs in the West Coast Zone for the first of five limited fishing opportunities. The five separate one hour fishing periods will run from 7am to 8am only on the first Sunday of each month… Read more »

Early start for recreational rock lobster fishers

Posted by Larissa

West coast recreational rock lobster season opens one month earlier Season opened October 15 and will run for eight months to June 30, 2014 Early opening coincides with the two-month demersal species closure Western Australia’s recreational rock lobster fishers will be able to drop their pots from today, with the season opening four weeks before… Read more »