Healthy Fishing Environments

“We believe there’s no time like now to make a positive impact and take responsibility for our valuable aquatic areas”

West Aussies are very lucky to live along a coast that has spectacular aquatic environments. Recreational fishing in Perth and WA is experienced by more than 740,000 people across our state, and undertaking this passtime in healthy environments means a lot to these people.

Recfishwest support programs and initiatives that help keep our environment healthy, such as:

  • minimising the impact waste and rubbish has on our aquatic environment
  • maintaining healthy coastal and esturaine environments
  • working with partners to reduce harmful phosphate runoff onto river systems
  • working with governing agencies to ensure environmental flows are maintained in river systems

Rubbish bags and people

Clean Up Days

We have been proud partners in numerous Clean Up Days in Perth, Mandurah and Fremantle while spreading  the ‘clean up’ message at each of many Recfishwest SunSmart Fishing Clinics every year.

  • We are also partners in the Fishing Line Disposal Bin Project (see below), along with the Swan River Trust and local governments, which has seen 44 fishing line Disposal bins placed at popular fishing locations throughout Perth Metro and Fremantle. Popular fishing spots results in an unfortunate increase in waste. These line disposal bins have already had great success, with constant reports of the bins having to be emptied more frequently due to the amount of rubbish in them
  • We proudly support our partner, Clean Marine, and their campaign to educate fishers about keeping our waterways clean


 Fishing Line Disposal Bins

Recfishwest in partnership with  The Department of Parks and Wildlife and River guardians has expanded its Fishing Line Bin project (also known as the Reel it In campaign) on the Swan and Canning riverbanks to help reduce the impact of discarded fishing line and tackle on dolphins, water birds and other animals.

Made of 100 per cent recycled materials, the bins provide a safe and easy way to dispose of unwanted fishing line and tackle.

There are now 44 dedicated fishing line bins at popular jetties, fishing platforms, traffic bridges and foreshores as part of the partnership with 9 riverfront local governments.


The project has also seen take up from the Fremantle Port Authority and City of Cockburn and bins can be found at Victoria Quay, the North and South moles and popular fishing locations in Cockburn Sound.

This DPaW project is delivered in partnership with the Wildcare HelplineRecfishwest, Native Animal Rescue and Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Marine program.

Adopt a Bin
Interested in this project and would like to adopt your local bin? Find out more here.

fishing line bin partners

Minimising the Risk of Whale Entanglements

Recreational fishers are the eyes and ears on the water and sometimes care needs to be taken in the marine environments to ensure animals such as Whales (during their migratory , breeding and feeding movements) are not impacted by recreational fishing practices. Entanglements can occur during lobster season where there are multiple lobster pots in the water with multiple buoys and ropes. Follow the tips below and do your bit to help prevent whale entanglement.

minimising the risk of whale entanglement


Long Term Monitoring Plan for Mandurah’s Artificial Reef

LTMP – Mandurah Reef March 2016