Archive News and Events

 AAA State Boat Angling Championships

The annual Australian Angling Association State Boat Angling Championships were held last month at Lancelin.  The one-day event attracted 196 competitors and 77 boats and the weather was a bit challenging, with an electrical storm rolling in just as the boats were launching from the beach and some morning drizzle making conditions a tad uncomfortable.

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Easter Campaign a Safety Success

Once  again this year, Albany’s popular Salmon Holes was the scene of a fantastic rock fishing safety initiative over Easter, with the Albany Offshore Boating and Fishing Club co-ordinating a safety stand at the popular fishing location.

This year’s stand was an unprecedented success, offering fishers the chance to borrow life jackets (PFDs) for free and enabling volunteers to pass on the crucial messages regarding rock fishing safety to many inexperienced anglers.

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Your Fishing Rules Only 1 Touch Away

Ever caught a fish and either:
Wanted to know what it was? 
Wanted to know if you could eat it? 
Wanted to know the size and bag limit?
Didn’t have mobile phone or internet range so you couldn’t look the rules up?

Recfishwest is only weeks, if not days, away from delivering to you a new simple mobile App for both Iphone and Android that answer all the questions above!

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Bream Tagging in the 21st Century

A new tagging project will track the movement of black bream in the Swan/Canning estuary and needs the help of recreational fishers.

The ‘SwanTrack’ project involves a collaboration between the Department of Parks and Wildlife and Murdoch University (Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research) and involves setting up an acoustic receiver arrays (or ‘listening stations’) that are attached to yellow buoys (with DPaW written on them) right throughout the Swan and Canning estuary.

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GAMEX 2016

One of the biggest fishing competitions in Australia, the Exmouth Game Fishing Club’s annual GAMEX tournament was held in Exmouth from March 13-18.   A total of 226 competitors from all Australian states and as far away as Japan, South Africa and New Zealand fished from 52 boats during the six-day tournament.

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Esperance Archipelago Angling Classic

The annual Esperance Archipelago Offshore Angling Classic is one of the most popular recreational fishing competitions in the state.  The event is extremely well-run and this year was no different when it was held last month.  Despite the weather being a bit windy on the day, 117 boats and more than 400 anglers competed for a rich collection of prizes.

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Kalbarri Sports Fishing Classic

The annual Kalbarri Sports Fishing Classic was run and won last month.  It was another very successful event, with some great caught and plenty of good prizes supplied by the Kalbarri Motor Hotel, Seasport Charters, Getaway Outdoors and Max Marine, to name but a few of the sponsors. There were 43 boats in action, along with 30 river anglers and 40 prize categories on offer.  Overall there were 147 anglers, including a record 15 juniors.

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Fishability Day

The inaugural Fishability Day was held in WA last month and was a great success.  Fishers with Disabilities is a community-based organisation ( which coordinates fishing opportunities for people who normally wouldn’t get the chance to wet a line and does a tremendous job in doing so.

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Safety First This Salmon Season 

It is salmon season again in the South-West and the schools are on the move. Recfishwest is encouraging recreational fishers to fish from the beach for salmon, rather than rocks, wherever possible. Salmon move in large schools and often track very close to shore, they are usually within casting range of even the least experienced of beach anglers.

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Mandurah Fishing Reef Ready to Set Sail

Recfishwest welcomes today’s announcement by new Fisheries Minister Joe Francis, that the much anticipated Mandurah artificial reef is to be deployed in the coming days.

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Catch Salmon and Return Home Safe this Easter

With the Easter long weekend approaching, Recfishwest are reminding people to take personal responsibility and stay safe when fishing this salmon season.

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Community Concerns Convince Minister on Fish Trap Trial

The Minister for Fisheries today announced the proposed fish trap trial in the  Gascoyne will not go ahead.

In making his  decision, the Minister  made special note of  specific concerns contained within Recfishwest’s submission.

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Kalbarri Fishing Club  Making Safety Happen

The Kalbarri Offshore and Angling Club, along with community partners and the Department of Parks and Wildlife are doing their bit to keep fishers safe around the coast of Kalbarri.

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Young Future Leaders Needed for Recreational Fishing

Are you a young recreational fisher with a passion for making a difference?

Have you ever wanted to be part of an organisation involved in advocating for recreational fishers in WA?

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Hefty Penalties for Abalone Fishers

The  hefty penalties for flouting fishing regulations were highlighted by a recent case involving illegal fishing for abalone in the South-West.

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Fishing is an Exact Science

World leading Australian marine biologist Dr Julian Pepperell will be a special guest at the hugely popular Gamex fishing tournament in Exmouth this month.

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Albany to get 10 New Angel Rings

In another major step towards safeguarding the lives of recreational fishers, 10 new Angel Rings will soon be installed at popular rock fishing locations around Albany.

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World Class Fishery for Kununurra

The  prospect of a world-class impoundment fishery in the Kimberley is looming large, as reports of exciting Barramundi action on Lake Kununurra gather momentum.

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Community Getting Around the Girls in Broome

The  Broome Fishing Club’s first-ever women’s fishing workshop was held last month and was a great success.

As part of its recent push to get more women into fishing the club hosted 67 lady anglers, who have all been very complimentary about the afternoon.

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Over 400 turn out for Perth’s Biggest Family Fishing Event

More than 400 anglers took part in the 28th staging of WA’s premier family fishing event, and there were plenty of great fish caught, but it was the presentation of the three big Mulloway which really got the big crowd buzzing at the weigh-in on the Sunday.

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Prawning Back to the Future

West Australians will once again have reason to celebrate as an additional 400,000 Western School Prawns wiere released in the Swan and Canning rivers in March, bringing the total number of prawns released since 2013 to four million.

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Gascoyne Fish Trap Proposal – Recfishwest Statement

Recfishwest is currently consulting with recreational fishers in the Gascoyne and note the strong community objection to this proposal.

Recfishwest has already met with local recreational fishers in Carnarvon, who raised their concerns directly with the Department of Fisheries representatives during a community focus group meeting organised by Recfishwest.

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Snapper Guardians see Thousands of Fish Released Back into Cockburn Sound

The immensely popular Snapper Guardian Project has drawn to a close, culminating in the release of the remaining 5000 juvenile Pink Snapper at Woodman Point last Saturday.

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Gamex 2016

Gamex is one of Australia’s biggest fishing competitions and this year’s event will be held from March 11-19 out of the clubhouse at the Exmouth Marina. EGFC president Jeni Gates was devastated by the cancellation of Gamex 2015, but is looking forward to the 38th running of the event next month.

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Broome Girls Gone Fishing

The  Broome Fishing Club (BFC) has launched a new Facebook page for local women who love to fish.

The page is called Broome Girls Gone Fishing and it is a closed page for ladies only, to allow women to feel more comfortable talking about what has been previously stereotyped as a male dominated  recreation.

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Esperance Fishing Icon on it’s Last Leg’s

The Esperance Tanker Jetty , one of WA’s most iconic fishing platforms is set to be demolished.

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2016 Fishability Day

Fishability Day is an annual statewide event which promotes the ability of all people to access and enjoy recreational fishing and we are encouraging all recreational fishers to get involved with this fun day.

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Swanfish 2016

Perth’s biggest family fishing event is on again February 27/28. Online Rego’s now open!

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Future Proofing WA’s Marron

A project  which will help shape future management of the Marron fishery has revealed some fascinating insights into the drivers and aspirations of participants in this fishery.

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Fish Welfare – Your Number 1 Priority

Recfishwest  is taking steps to encourage recreational fishers to follow best fishing practices to ensure positive fishing experiences at the Woodman Point ammo jetty.

The location has become increasingly popular with recreational fishers over the last couple of years.

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School Holiday Fun in the South West as Recfishwest brings Famous SunSmart Fishing Clinics to Communities

Recfishwest’s popular FREE SunSmart fishing clinics will again be heading to the South Coast and South West over the next couple of weeks a part of the famous Southern Community Tour.

Check out if the tour is heading your way and all the information you’ll need to join in. The clinics are FREE and all gear is provided.

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Marron Season Upon Us

For many West Australians chasing Marron in the states south west waterways is a tradition, many families have their favourite spots to fish for Marron and many of these spots are guarded secrets adjacent to camping spots that have been only shared with families, relatives and very close friends.

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Prawning this Summer

The  revival of the prawn fishery in the Swan and Canning rivers in the last couple of years is great news for metro recreational fishers.

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Swanfish 2016 – Save the Date

Perth’s Largest Family Fishing Event is just around the corner.

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Have You Seen This Crab?

The Department of Fisheries are developing a moult-resistant crab tag to help track crab movements in the Swan River.

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Recfishwest Survey Winners

Did you complete one of surveys and maybe won a prize? Click here to find out if you’re a winner.

Two New Life Jacket Loan Locations

The free life jacket loan scheme has been expanded with two new outlets joining the initiative.

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Cockburn Sound Fish Kill  Update – Recfishwest Statement

Recfishwest strives to keep the fishing community up to date about the mystery deaths of fish in Cockburn Sound over the last few days.

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New Rules Unlock Pink Snapper in Shark Bay

Recfishwest welcomes  the Minister for Fisheries Ken Baston’s decision to abolish the lottery based tag system for catching Pink Snapper in Shark Bay’s Freycinet Estuary.

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Heavy Penalties for Gear Tampering

Recfishwest reminds fishers not to tamper with fishing gear that’s not theirs

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 Purple Fly Fishing

This year Recfishwest and Breast Cancer Care WA ran a specialised ‘Purple Fly Fishing’ weekend for clients recovering from breast cancer.

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Marron Deaths Not Acceptable

Recfishwest was horrified to learn that hundreds of WA’s most iconic freshwater crustacean, the mighty Marron, have been left for dead in the South Collie River due to mis-management of the state’s water resources.

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Fishing for Movember

The staff at Recfishwest and Tackle HQ/All Boats and Caravans and Western Angler are joining forces for this year’s Movember challenge.

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Almost 300 Turnout for more Mandurah Community Clinics

The Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club held a number of community fishing clinics in October with almost 300 people attending and enjoying one of WA’s most enjoyed past-time.

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Albany Kids Benefit from Community Clinic

The Albany recreational fishing community once again showed its commitment to junior anglers with another of its popular fishing clinics last month.

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Lobster Etiquette a Must

The annual recreational lobster season has started in fine style and Recfishwest wants to remind all recreational fishers to act responsibly when targeting these valuable crustaceans.

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Family Fishery to Heat Up

As summer looms, recreational fishers start to turn their attention to crabbing and the fantastic seafood meals these stunning crustaceans provide.

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Big Fines and 6 Months Fishing Ban

A Kalbarri man has paid a hefty price for selling fish without a commercial licence, including being banned from fishing for six months.

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400 Kalbarri Kids Learn the Art of Whiting Fishing

More than 400 young anglers participated in the annual Kids’ Whiting Competition in Kalbarri during the October school holidays.

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Yellowfin Frames for Science

Rec fishers are being called to do their bit for science by donating Yellowfin Whiting frames from the Peel-Harvey Estuary and Perth metro waters to the Department of Fisheries.

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Safety First This Abalone Season

Recfishwest and Surf Life Saving WA are urging people to remain mindful of the conditions and take personal responsibility for their actions through the abalone season which begins this Sunday, November 1.

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Bumper Lobster Season Opens Today

As of today, the much anticipated rock lobster season opens throughout Western Australia, with the Western Rock Lobster being one of the prize catches in WA.

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Recfishwest Broad Cast 7th October 2015

Beat the Blues by Fishing

The theme of the 2015 Mental Health Week is Act Belong Commit: Being active, having a sense of belonging and purpose in life all contribute to happiness and good mental health.
The theme of Act Belong Commit is also reflected in Recreational Fishing. Fishing involves being active and surrounded by the natural environment. Most people fish with others, whether it be friends or family in nature giving not only a social, but an environmental sense of belonging.

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Denmark to get Angel Rings

Popular rock fishing locations around Denmark are set to receive Angel Rings (Life Rings) as part of a state-wide rock fishing safety initiative.

Angel Rings are an internationally recognised safety symbol and are used to assist in water safety rescues and to keep people afloat until emergency services and sea rescue units arrive.

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1000 Taggers and Counting

Local recreational fishers continue to contribute to research on key species through their tagging efforts. The Westag program was launched in 1998-99 and still oversees tagging efforts in WA waters.

This long-running citizen science program aims to improve the understanding of recreational fishing species, improve management of recreational fisheries and help ensure recreational fishing in WA remains healthy.

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Mandurah Boat Show

Recfishwest will again be in attendance at the upcoming Mandurah Boat Show from October 9-11.
This year Recfishwest is again partnering with Halco to produce another limited edition membership lure.

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Recfishwest Thanks Tony Church

After 30 years at the helm of the Pemberton trout hatchery, Tony Church has hung up his waders.

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Families and Fun at this Year’s Kununurra Barra Bash

Kununurra’s annual Barra Bash was held over two days late last month.
It was the 17th running of the event, which was based at the Skull Rock Boat Ramp and coordinated by the local Apex Club.

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Don’t Dump That Fish

Students from Willetton Senior High School have been recognised for their hard work in raising awareness of the risks of dumping non-native fish species.

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More Barra for Kununurra

Recreational fishers who catch Barramundi in Lake Kununurra are being asked to report catches to Recfishwest and the Kimberley Training Institute (KTI).

Another 130,000 Barramundi, around 4-5cm in size, were released into the lake last month, bringing the total of fish released through the current restocking program to over 530,000 in the last four years. These latest fish were marked with dye so they can be identified.

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Safety First This Abalone Season

Recfishwest is urging recreational abalone fishers to adhere to safety messages during the upcoming metro Abalone season.

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Roebuck Bay Marine Park – Have Your Say

If you haven’t had your say on the draft Roebuck Bay Marine Park Indicative Management Plan then time is running out fast.

The public comment period for the draft management plan for the new Roebuck Bay marine park closes on Friday, September 25 and Recfishwest is urging all recreational fishers to get their feedback in before the deadline.

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Bringing Oysters Back to Oyster Harbour

In a West Australian first, The Nature Conservancy Australia has partnered with Recfishwest, University of Western Australia and South Coast Natural Resource Management to bring back the oyster reefs to Oyster Harbour in Albany, Western Australia.

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New Lobster Rule Changes

FAQ’s For New Rock Lobster Rules for 2015/16 Season

‘Up to two licensed fishers can now share a pot, provided that both parties attach a float to the pot with their gear identification number stamped or branded on it.’

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Recfishwest Broad Cast 14th September 2015

Billfish and DNA

The initiative to take DNA samples from tagged sailfish gathered momentum at the recent Broome Billfish Classic.

Renowned marine biologist Dr Julian Pepperell flew to be Broome at the invitation of the Broome Fishing Club to be part of the popular annual event, and also then travelled on to Dampier for the subsequent Dampier Classic.

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Bunbury gets New Fishing Platform

A brand new fishing platform suitable for disabled anglers is being built in Bunbury.

The City of Bunbury has engaged a contractor to construct a small fishing platform at the Stirling Street Boat Ramp.

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Skeletons Earns Esperance Fisher Great Fishing Trip

Donating skeletons of blue morwong and bight redfish to fisheries research won Esperance angler Ben Strautins a six-night fishing trip to the Monte Bello Islands. The Department of Fisheries are also calling on fishers to help by donating Herring frames.

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Freshwater Season Open

The South West freshwater fishing season is now open, with fishers set to flock to our freshwater waterways to fish for elusive trout that have been stocked in key locations to provide enhanced fishing experiences.

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Mandurah and Metro Artificial Reef Announcement

Recfishwest welcomes the announcement today from Fisheries Minister Ken Baston that reveals the location for a new artificial reef destined for Mandurah waters that is 100% funded using recreational fishing licence money

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Recfishwest Broad Cast 6th August 2015

 40 Years of the Dampier Classic

This popular fishing competition is run by the King Bay Fishing Club and this year included a couple of special guests in renowned lure maker Peter Pakula and leading marine biologist Dr Julian Pepperell.

It was the event’s 40th anniversary and there were plenty of good fish caught.

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Geraldton Fisherkid Community Classic

Recfishwest recently teamed up with Geraldton and Districts Offshore Fishing Club (GDOFC) to put on the Geraldton Fisherkid Community Classic. 50 kids aged three to 15 years braved the cold Geraldton morning and were rewarded with some excellent catches.

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Ian Stagles Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

IAN Stagles’ incredible work as a voice for recreational fishing over more than 30 years was recognised on the Gold Coast last month.

Ian, or ‘Stages’ as most people know him, was given the Mal Ramsay Lifetime Achievement Award for Recreational Fishing.

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National Recreational Fishing Conference

Recfishwest represented the Western Australian fishing community at the National Recreational Fishing Conference last month on the Gold Coast.

There were more than 150 participants from across Australia who attended the conference, including other state peak bodies, state governments and rec fishing researchers, making it a very worthwhile experience.

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A West Aussie Legend, Iconic Lure and Two Tackle Stores Rise to the Top

Tackle Industry and Halco legend Neil Patrick was last month inducted into the AFTA Hall of Fame, in what was a huge night for WA tackle. Two tackle stores took home top gongs for their category while a favourite game lure took home best lure.

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Broome Billfish Classic

THE annual Broome Billfish Classic was held again at the end of the last month and saw plenty of good fish caught.

Overall, a total of 22 teams fished, with 78 anglers (nine females) enjoying the competition, which is an International Game Fishing Association (IGFA) sanctioned tournament with anglers needing to comply with the 10kg line class regulations.

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Recfishwest Broad Cast 10th July 2015

Changes to the Recfishwest Board of Directors

The Directorship of Recfishwest recently undertook some changes as Ian Sewell and Ian Stagles both stepped down from their positions as Directors, with former fisheries policy adviser Jason Froud joining the team.

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Kids Learn Safe Fishing

Children in the Esperance region are being educated on the importance of rock fishing safety by a dedicated band of local volunteers.

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Salmon Holes Receives Safety Boost

Albany fishers have just received a boost in safety, with the Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming, Colin Holt, announcing that a new emergency telephone will be installed at Salmon Holes.

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 Recfishwest Broad Cast 19th June 2015

Community and Conservation Benefit in Roebuck Bay 

Recfishwest today said the release of the new Roebuck Bay Marine Park Indicative Management Plan provides a win for both conservation and the community, especially as it celebrates the role recreational fishing plays in the Kimberley.

Recfishwest CEO, Dr Andrew Rowland said the new marine park demonstrates that recreational fishing is compatible with marine conservation.

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Iconic Fishing Location to get Major Facelift

RECFISHWEST is pleased to see that important fishing features have been considered for the upgrade of Mandurah’s iconic Old Traffic Bridge.

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Kids Doing Their Bit For Science

THE Australian Junior Billfish Tournament was held in Exmouth last month and went off without a hitch, which was a relief to all involved after the popular Game Fishing Tournament Gamex was cancelled earlier in the year due to Cyclone Olwyn.

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FISHERS with Disabilities has launched its new Fishability map.

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Fishing Community Defends Fishing Fund

The Government have reaffirmed their support for the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund.

We thank the community for their overwhelming support, including the many who offered direct assistance in this time of need.

Recfishwest Calls on Government to Protect Fishing Licence Fund

Recfishwest have expressed concerns about the future of the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund (RFIF) following the release of the State Budget.

Prior to the last election, the Government promised to allocate 25% of recreational fishing licence fees into the RFIF to be invested into projects that support better fishing in WA.

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Recfishwest Calls on Government to Protect Your Fishing Fund

 Iconic Fishing Location Gets  Facelift

Recfishwest applauds today’s announcement by the State Government which will see an upgrade of fishing facilities as part of the redevelopment of Mandurah’s iconic Old Traffic Bridge.

Recfishwest CEO, Dr Andrew Rowland said the $51.8m project funded by the State Government and the City of Mandurah, will see the construction of a four-lane bridge featuring a pedestrian walkway and new fishing platforms.

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Recfishwest Broad Cast May 6th 2015

Will Your Local Boat Ramp Benefit?

Recreational boating and fishing facilities throughout Western Australia will be enhanced by more than $5 million worth of State Government grants for improvements to recreational boating facilities – thanks to your boat licence fees.

Announcing the latest grants under the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme (RBFS), Transport Minister Dean Nalder said 21 projects from Port Hedland to Denmark would be funded and the majority of the projects are located in regional WA.

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New Bill Giving You The Right To Fish

The reason you can freely fish now is that there is no law that stops you doing so. There is a new law currently before parliament that will, for the first time, provide recreational fishers with a legal ‘right to fish’.

Recreational fishers, under current legislation, have no right to any allocations of fish stocks and are at the mercy of fisheries managers and political decision makers.

The new Aquatic Resources Management Bill 2015 (ARMB) will improve the recreational fishing communities ability to access fish resources and will lead to better managed fisheries with more flexible and adaptive management arrangements. The ARMB will also take the ‘politics’ out of fisheries management.

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Fish from the Beach the Message

With the saddening news of the latest rock fishing fatality in Albany, Recfishwest reminds people to stay safe when fishing, especially if you choose to fish from rocks.

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 Recfishwest Broadcast April 14 Edition #36

Behaviour Change in our Midst?

Are we seeing a change in behaviour toward rock fishing safety?

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 Recfishers Supporting Sustainable Seafood Day

Recfishers have contributed significantly to the sustainability of WA’s fisheries.

See how here.

Fishers with Disabilities Celebrate Achievements

It was a big night when Fishers with Disabilities held its annual celebration late last month, ushering in a new era for the program that helps people with disabilities enjoy recreational fishing.

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River Users See Signs of Healthy River

A RECENT report suggests there are a signs the health of Swan River is on the improve. The Murdoch University report on fish communities led to scientists announcing the waterway was in the best ecological health for a decade.

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More Barra Released

AROUND 100,000 barramundi fingerlings around 70-100m in length were released into Lake Kununurra late last month.

The latest stocking by the Kimberley Training Institute in Broome is part of the ongoing program to create a world-class impoundment fishery in Kununurra. There have now been close to 400,000 barramundi stocked into Lake Kununurra since the program started early in 2013.

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No Fish is Worth Your Life

While some of us will be hunting Easter eggs and eating hot-cross buns, others will be out early for a spot of fishing at their favourite holiday destination.

Easter is well known by fishers as the unofficial start of the great Salmon run on their annual migration around the West Australian coast. Salmon, a popular sports fish, are already making appearances at popular fishing locations around Esperance, Albany and the South West.

Read more on our Media Release.


The Nationals Support Rock Fishing Safety for Easter 


Recfishwest works with State towards a world first for recreational fishing  

Western Australia today took its first step towards having the world’s first Marine Stewardship’s Council (MSC) tick of approval for recreational fishing.

The MSC’s science based standard is recognised worldwide as the gold standard in independent, third party certification based on sustainable fish stocks, minimising environmental impact and effective management.

In 2013 the State Government committed $14.5 million to have all of WA’s 47 commercial fisheries independently assessed with the aim of having every Wests Australian fishery meet the MSC standard within the next two decades.

Recfishwest is a key partner in the State Government initiative, which assesses the environmental standard for sustainable fishing.

“Recfishwest supports the independent MSC assessment of WA fisheries against sustainability standards based on target species, ecosystems and management practices, especially as recreational fishers value environmental performance highly,” Dr Rowland said.

“In partnership with the Mandurah Licenced Fisherman Association, we are entering the recreational and commercial Mandurah crab fishery for a full MSC assessment.

“If accreditation is achieved, this will be the first recreational fishery worldwide to gain an MSC certification.”

“Having the Mandurah crab fishery assessed under this certification, recognises the regional significance of this species, and will improve the stewardship of the estuarine environment on which the stock depends,” Dr Rowland said.

“This it is something Recfishwest is proud to stand by and is a great step forward for fishery protection.”

Recfishwest advocates for sustainable fishing resources and policies that ensure long term benefits to WA’s recreational fishing sector.


Recfishwest Broad Cast March 2015 Edition #35


Swanfish 2015

Swanfish 2015 saw 500 avid Swan River fishers test their skill to land one of the many fish speciess on offer for the event. The much publicized Catch, Click and Release Category was extremely popular with more fish sent in of released fish than fish weighed in on the day which is extremely pleasing. For all the action shots of the event and the results, click here.

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Fishing Line Disposal Bins Making the Swan River a Cleaner Fishing Hot Spot

Check out the latest Swan River Prawn Release

Almost 2 million this summer and counting!

Recfishwest Broad Cast February 2015  Edition #34

Rec fishers Doing Their Bit For Crabs

Recreational crab fishers have been reminder to be on lookout for the noxious Asian Paddle Crab.

This pest species, Charybdis japonica, has been found in the Swan in recent years and there was another confirmed capture recently in Matilda Bay, making number 4.

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Calling All Prawners

THERE are signs Swan River prawns are making a comeback and Recfishwest wants to remind recreational prawn fishers of the need to undertake the pastime responsibly.

Recfishwest has been integrally involved with a concerted effort to restock western school prawns in the Swan and Canning in the last couple of years. Recfishwest, in conjunction with Fremantle’s Challenger Institute of Technology, has been behind the ground-breaking restocking program, which has been funded by recreational fishing licence money and has also been supported by Fisheries Department, Swan River Trust, Murdoch University and the WA Fish Foundation.

It has been a steep learning curve and culturing school prawns proved tough initially, but the aim has always been make the prawn fishery in the Swan and Canning viable again and it seems the program could already be starting to pay dividends, with reports of much-improved prawn numbers in the Swan and Canning rivers.

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Marron Mania

THE annual marron season is all but over, but it has been another successful one for WA’s legion of recreational marron fishers. The season opened on January 8 and finishes tomorrow, February 5.

It’s always a highlight of the year for those who love to chase a feed of WA’s iconic freshwater crayfish in the rivers and streams of our South-West.

For more on the Marron season, click here.

Fishing a Huge Hit at Family Fun Days

The annual Mandalay Family Fishing Competition was held last week on the beach in front of Mandalay Holiday Resort, Busselton. The Esperance Deep Sea Angling Club also held a Family Fishing and Safety Weekend in January which was a major local school holiday draw-card.

To read how these events went, click here.

Swanfish Rego’s Now Open

Perth’s Biggest Family Fishing Event is on again soon!

Early Bird Register Online Now to win a great Rod and Reel Combo!

Big Prizes, New Catch-Click-Release category, No live fish weighed in + Grandstand Seating and new weigh in stage!  For More Click Here


Protection Status to Give a Ray of Hope

If you’ve holidayed anywhere on the coast of WA, especially the south coast, there’s a fair chance you may have come across some inquisitive gentle giants of the sea, the humble stingray.

Two of the most spectacular species, the black and smooth stingrays are now protected under newly introduced regulations, in both the West Coast and South Coast Bioregions of Western Australia.

Fishermen now must release the rays immediately if caught under the new regulations.

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New Possession Rules to Benefit Recreational Fishers

If you head out on the water and lucky enough to get a good feed of fish and have reached your 20kg possession limit, new possession rules now exclude fish wings, back bones and frames from your 20kg. Fisheries Minister Ken Baston made the announcement today in direct response to issues raised by the community.

Recreational fishers utilise all parts of the fish for numerous purposes and the change to the possession rules will help fishermen maximise their catch and increase their reward for effort. If rec fishers bring their frames to shore it increases the chances of the frames being submitted to the Department of Fisheries to improve knowledge of fish stocks in WA.

This is another positive decision from government that benefits all recreational fishers and a good sign the wider fishing community’s views are being valued.

A One Month Marron Masterclass

Dust off the drop nets and shape up the snares as the 2015 Marron season begins at noon on January 8 and will run until noon on February 5, 2015.
Whether you’ve been jigging for Dhufish, pulling lobster pots or snorkelling for Abalone, recreational fishing experiences just keep getting better this summer, and now with WA’s most loved freshwater catch in season, rec fishers can try their hand at a different and unique type of fishing.

Recfishwest Chief Executive Officer Dr Andrew Rowland said Marron fishing is a unique part of Western Australia’s culture and this year’s season looks very promising after plenty of rain in many areas of the South West over the Winter/Spring period.

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Fishing a Healthy Option

MR Fishing a Healthy Option

Recfishwest Broad Cast Edition 33 –  January 2015

Be Safe if Fishing from the Rocks this Summer 

The Christmas holiday period always brings keen fishers to the WA coast, especially in the southern regions.

While Herring, Whiting, Salmon and Tailor are just some of the sought after catches taken from the beaches over the holidays, many will venture onto rocks to try and get a family feed. Recfishwest would like to remind people that extra care should be taken if fishing from rocks.

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Your Licence Fund Making Fishing Better

Fisheries Minister Ken Baston has today announced that the Expression of Interest (EOI) period for Round 4 of the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund (RFIF) is now open.  Funding is available for incorporated individuals, research institutions, government departments, clubs/organisations or community groups and joint applications are encouraged.

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Herring by the Dozen

As of 2015, millions of Herring will be left in the water in a move to ensure the sustainability of WA’s most important fish.

The Fisheries Minister, Ken Baston, today announced the closure of the commercial Herring G-trap fishery and a reduced recreational bag limit of 12 Herring per person per day will come into effect on March 1, 2015.

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Demersal on the Menu in time for Christmas

Prized Dhufish, Pink Snapper and Baldchin Groper will be the catch of the day for Christmas with anglers in the West Coast Bioregion once again allowed to fish for demersal scalefish.

In another positive for recreational fishers and demersal fish stocks, the closures over the past six years are proving successful going on the catches from earlier this year.

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Recfishwest Broad Cast Edition 32 – 3rd December 2014 

Fishers with Disabilities hit the water in Mandurah

A new purpose built Fishers with Disabilities vessel will be launched today in Mandurah, with all on board having one thing in common – they all love their fishing.

The Mistral, a 15 metre boat fitted with all the safety equipment required to make fishing more enjoyable for people with disabilities, will sail on its maiden voyage with fishers on board ready to hone their skills and catch some fish.

In 2014, Tim Donkin, General Manager and Greg Hancock, Commodore of the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club jumped at the opportunity to provide for those living with disabilities in the Peel community. Without hesitation, the fishing club identified the ‘Mistral’, a former fishing boat suitable to meet the needs of Fishers with Disabilities.

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New Augusta Marina a Win for Rec Fishers – Media Statement

  • New marina allows safer boating facilities for rec fishers
  • Greater access to better recreational fishing in the South West region

The new Augusta Marina is now open for business and provides safe boat launching facilities and a greater tourism boost to this already popular fishing and boating region.

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World Class Perth Fishing more than just a FAD

Perth metro waters has just received a huge boost, with two newly designed world class Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) deployed West of the ever popular Rottnest Island allowing year round fishing opportunities.

Recfishwest CEO Dr Andrew Rowland said he was excited at seeing yet another project developed using recreational fishers’ license fees which will be used to enhance recreational fishing in our state.

“These new FADs will provide greater fishing opportunities for pelagic species such as Dolphin Fish, Spanish Mackerel and various Tuna species, and will complement the existing Perth Game Fishing Club FADs program which has greatly improved fishing experiences in the waters west of Rotto for many years.” Dr Rowland said.

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Safety First on Esperance Rocks

Esperance reached a major milestone and received a much needed boost in safety over the weekend with 30 rock anchor points installed in high risk fishing locations.

The South East Coast Fishing Council (SEFC) along with the Department of Parks and Wildlife, the Shire of Esperance and the Shire of Ravensthorpe banded together with the help of All Lift Services to make this important safety improvement happen on the South Coast.

SEFC member Graham Cooper said the effort to install 30 rock anchor points in just two days was huge, especially considering the travelling required.

“Shore based fishing is a huge past time on the South Coast and we want to make it as safe as possible for recreational fishers” Mr Cooper said.


Media Statement: Cockburn Sound Crab Fishery to Remain Closed 

Recfishwest will be working to ensure that the Cockburn Sound crab fishery will be reopened as soon as stocks have sufficiently recovered and will keep the community up to date on any developments on this important fishery.

Environmental factors such as pollution and habitat degradation are the most likely cause of a decline in Blue Swimmer Crab numbers resulting in the early closure of the Cockburn Sound crab fishery in May this year.

Recfishwest Chief Executive Officer Andrew Rowland says the organisation has been working closely with the Department of Fisheries to assess the area’s Blue Swimmer Crab resource.

“The continued closure of the fishery is very disappointing and appears that most likely environmental impacts on surrounding marine habitat and water quality is the cause,” Dr Rowland said.

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Media Release: Community Concerns over Holiday Fishing Access

Denmark’s fishing and boating community is this week up in arms following a plan by the local council to close Denmark’s Ocean Beach Boat Launching facility during the Christmas holiday period and the Easter long weekend.

In the case of Ocean Beach, the council is citing public safety concerns as justification for this proposal.

Denmark Boating and Angling Club president Don Smith expressed his disappointment at the idea, explaining that Ocean Beach provided the only safe boat launching location for over 30km.

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Media Release: Remember Safety First During Abalone Season

Peak recreational fishing body Recfishwest and Surf Life Saving WA are urging  people to remain mindful of the conditions and take personal responsibility for their actions through the abalone season which begins this Sunday, November 3.

The popular West Coast Zone abalone season sees thousands of recreational abalone fishers take to the inshore reefs around the metropolitan coastline, during the one-hour fishing periods from 7am-8am on the first Sunday of each month until March.

Recfishwest Chief Executive Officer Dr Andrew Rowland said abalone is one of the most sought after shellfish with over 15,000 licence holders taking part in the fishery each year.

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Lights, Camera……….Action!  Recfishwest Fish ‘n’ Clips 2014

The premier event for all budding directors is coming. Our annual Fish ‘n’ Clips event is back with huge prizes, more movie categories and we need you to start filming your next fishing adventure. You don’t need to be Stephen Spielberg to enter (or win). To enter a video is FREE and entry on the night is also free.

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Rock Lobster Season’s Aligned Statewide

With new positive changes to this year’s lobster season, licensed fishers on the State’s South Coast and those who fish at the Abrolhos Islands will also be able to fish for rock lobster from 15 October. Recfishwest chief executive officer Dr Andrew Rowland says this means recreational fishers on the South Coast will now have an extra month to fish and the Abrolhos season will begin five months earlier than in the past. It also means that recreational rock lobster fishing from the North West Cape (Exmouth) to the South Australian Border will have a consistent season of 15 October to 30 June.

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