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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 »

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Asian paddle crab – check your catches closely

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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 »

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Licences: Apply Online and at Fisheries Offices

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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 »

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Roebuck Bay – a Jewel for Local Fishers

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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 »

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Keep safe during the West Coast Zone abalone season

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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 »

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Early start for recreational rock lobster fishers

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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 »

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West Coast demersal fish given two months rest

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A two-month closure on the recreational take of demersal scalefish; such as pink snapper, baldchin groper and WA dhufish, is in place from today (Tuesday, October 15) and will continue through to Sunday, December 15 inclusive. The two-month closure is part of a package of measures introduced by Fisheries in 2010, after consultation with recreational… Read more »

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Annual Pink Snapper Closure for the Sounds begins Today

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Come the first of October, the annual four-month closure will commence on fishing for pink snapper in both Cockburn and Warnbro Sounds. Department of Fisheries Principal Management Officer Martin Holtz said at this time of year the Sounds attracted the largest known aggregations of pink snapper in the West Coast Bioregion. “Cockburn and Warnbro Sounds are also… Read more »

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Rock lobster fisher penalised for quota offence

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  A commercial fisher has been prosecuted in Geraldton’s Magistrates Court this month, for exceeding his rock lobster quota. Ian WILLOCK was found guilty of exceeding his catch entitlement by 413.1 kilograms. The Magistrate concluded that Willock should not receive a gain from taking unauthorised catch of rock lobster and issued a fine of $2,500 and an… Read more »

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Trout Season Opens This Weekend

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Recreational fishers will begin their annual migration to the many waterways of the Southwest this weekend with the opening of the freshwater angling season on the 1st September. The voice of Western Australia’s recreational fishers, Recfishwest chief executive Dr Andrew Rowland said the trout season looks to be promising with hundreds of thousands of trout… Read more »