Sport Fishing Initiative Hoping To Attract Tourists To WA

A sport fishing bonanza set to benefit Perth and regional Western Australia thanks to the installation of offshore Fish Aggregating Device (FAD), with hopes the device can boost WA’s tourism. The move will give recreational boat fishers throughout the state a chance to ‘join the race’, as the floating fish beacon has the ability to…

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…

The key to success for Western Australia’s seafood industry

By Harry Zhang Fourteen WA seafood champions were awarded top honours at last nights WA Industry awards for their level of professionalism. Its estimated the industry provides approximately 10,000 jobs, with a commitment to supplying some of the world’s finest seafood to local and international markets. The Western Australian Fishing Industry Council (WAFIC) hosts the…

$8 million dollars more funding towards shark mitigation

Shark mitigation strategies are still at the forefront of the Labor Government’s funding announcements, with an additional $8 million dollars committed on top of $4.7 million already funded. Keeping water users safe at iconic metropolitan WA beaches will mean increased Surf Life Saving WA helicopter, drone, beach and jet ski patrols from September to April…

Western Australians Spend Big on Recreational Fishing: Report

Almost a third of Western Australians go fishing, spending $2.4 billion on fishing-related activities, a new report into the state’s fishing activity has revealed. Recreational fishers spent big according to the Economic Research Associates’ Economic Dimensions of Recreational Fishing in Western Australia report with boat-based fishers spent an average of $13,559 on the hobby, while…

More protesting over Cockburn Outer Harbour

Another public information night on the Outer Harbour in Kwinana attracted close to 500 people, all meeting to discuss the outer harbour’s progress, and the risk to fish stocks and surrounding areas. Tim Barlow, co-convener of the Fish Army, stands by the fact the outer harbour is not needed and will have environmental repercussions. “Cockburn…

Recovery phase commenced for the missing fishermen and their vessel

The Water Police have concluded their marine search and rescue operation off the Cockburn sound, Fremantle Harbour and Rottnest Island coastline. This comes after four men left Woodman’s Point on Wednesday Morning for an overnight fishing trip and their boat didn’t return. On Sunday, WA Police Inspector Sean Togher said the recovery phase has now…

Shark Fishing is prohibited in City of Cockburn

The City of Cockburn is re-enforcing their existing local law, whereby shark fishing is prohibited, including the use or setting of buoyed lines using blood or any other lure for the purpose of attracting sharks. Environment Manager at the City of Cockburn, Chris Beaton, explained multiple problems of bring large sharks into shore. 0:35” There’s…

New Bag Sharing Rules Simplified for Fishers in Common Sense Approach

New fishing regulations will allow bag limit sharing in an effort to simplify rules for recreational fishers. The State Government has approved drafting of regulations enabling fishers to pool their catches, in what they call a “common-sense” approach. “It just makes sense for recreational fishers sharing a day out on a boat to share their…