First-time fishers encouraged to have a go with Gone Fishing Day to go licence-free

Western Australians will be able to fish licence-free on Sunday, in an effort to encourage first-time fishers to “give it a go.”

The State Government has announced the fishing licence-free day in celebration of National Gone Fishing Day, to promote great day fishing,” giving first-time fishers a chance to experience the past-time licence free.

Licences are usually required in WA for recreational fishing during this time of the year for recreational fishing from a power boat or catching rock lobsters, abalone fishing in the Southern Zone, South-West freshwater angling and net fishing.

However, all other recreational fishing rules apply including bag, boat and possession limits, fish size limits and seasonal or area closures.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Fisheries compliance officers will be patrolling to check fishers and monitor compliance of recreational fishing rules.

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly said there were benefits to fishing that first-time fishers could experience.

“The McGowan Government understands both the social and economic value that quality recreational fishing experiences deliver in WA – including health and relaxation benefits,” Mr Kelly said.

“We have so many diverse fishing experiences across the State and we are keen for tourists from overseas and around Australian to come on holiday here. We are working to expand recreational fishing opportunities that give visitors and even local tourists greater enjoyment.”

He said people should take the opportunity to participate.

“Gone Fishing Day is designed to encourage as many people as possible to participate,” he said.

“I encourage you to get out there and enjoy the day.”

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