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Resource Sharing Concerns for Iconic Kimberley Barramundi

For many years recreational and commercial fishing have co-existed, recently though, nets are being set in popular fishing spots only minutes from the boat ramp. This has significantly impacted the quality of fishing experiences for local and visiting fishers

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Major Milestone Achieved 

Media Statement 4 May

In a huge achievement for fishing safety in WA, the 50th Angel Ring has recently been installed at high-risk fishing locations across the state and Recfishwest has plans to install plenty more in the coming year.

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Premier’s Position on Metro Gillnetting Spot On

Premier McGowan was recently quoted as saying the reintroduction of gillnets to the metropolitan area ‘wouldn’t make any difference’ to great white shark numbers and therefore public safety, and he is absolutely correct.

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New Fisheries Minister – A Friend of Fishing 

Recfishwest welcome the appointment of Dave Kelly as the new Minister for Fisheries.

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It’s the Season to be Fishing: Competitions Alive and well in WA 

March was the month for fishing events in WA, get the full wrap up.

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Fish Friendly Farms Launch in Albany 

Marron, Bream and a variety of favourite freshwater natives require healthy waterways to thrive. Native fish populations are at risk of serious declines if land management doesn’t reflect waterway values.

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Your Regional Fishing Events for 2017

Many regional centres have fishing clubs, most of which host some great events and are the hub of the community. These fishing events generally occur in the form of a competition and when applicable entry fees are very affordable with quality prizes always on offer.

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Minister for Fisheries Confirms Herring Trap Net Fishery to Remain Closed

The Minister for Fisheries Joe Francis recently confirmed that current management controls for Australian Herring will remain.

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Community Doubles the Size of the Esperance Artificial Reef

Esperance will now receive an artificial reef twice the size of the one announced in December thanks to matching funding through Royalty for Regions and the efforts of the local community.

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Snapper Release a Sound Success

Round 2 of the Snapper Guardians program was another huge success, with plenty more fish going into the waters of Cockburn Sound.

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Recfishwest’s SunSmart Regional Fishing Tours for Kids 

Recfishwest runs SunSmart Community Fishing Clinics, a tour of regional centres around WA to teach and promote safe and sustainable fishing to kids.

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Election Update – Who’s Doing What for Rec Fishing? 

The following information is designed to inform fishers of the recreational fishing related commitments each party had made to improve your fishing experiences and can be used when deciding how best to cast your vote.

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Recfishwest and the Community Work Together to Improve Your Fishing

Recfishwest is proud of the annual Recfishwest community grant scheme. This scheme is an opportunity for community groups to apply for funding to support community projects that make fishing better in WA.

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50,000 Snapper for Cockburn, a Sound Investment

Another 50,000 juvenile Pink Snapper will be released into Cockburn Sound in February as the remarkable Snapper Guardians project continues its legacy.

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Barra Bonanza in Lake Kununurra

You will be pleased to learn that Australia’s next big barra fishery is much closer to home, with locals and tourists already tangling with fish over the ‘holy grail’ meter in length.

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Fishing, Families and Fun – Must be Time for Swanfish 2017!

Another summer has nearly passed and what better way to enjoy some of the last rays of summer sunshine and the great fishing that it brings than to be a part of the annual Swanfish competition.

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More Places to Fish, More Fish to Catch

With the 2017 state election fast approaching Recfishwest is working to ensure fishers are given the acknowledgement and consideration they deserve.

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WA Community Supports Fish Size Limits

Recfishwest recently consulted the Western Australian fishing community to gather a variety of views on the Department of Fisheries size limit review proposals for finfish.

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Artificial Reef Towers

Fishing for Perth metro pelagics has a new breath of new life with the instalment of two steel reef towers, which will boost fishing opportunities for fishers. The towers are an addition to the numerous other artificial reef and habitat enhancement projects complete or underway in WA, funded through recreational fishing licence fees.

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South West Forest Beauty Sets the Stage for Marron Experience

Western Australia’s rugged Jarrah and Karri forests in the South-West  will once again play host to the almost 11,000 fishers expected to take part in the much loved Marron fishery in January.

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Innovative Tracking Program Sheds New Light on Bream

An innovative and exciting fish tracking program is shedding new light on the behaviour of Black Bream and highlights the importance of water quality and complex habitats such as rock, reef, snags and vegetated banks.

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Recreational Fishing Licence Money Continues to Give Back to Fishers

Every year 25% of your recreational fishing licence fees are placed in the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund (RFIF) to be spent on improving your fishing experiences. This year there are some fantastic new projects to enhance recreational fishing that have just been announced through Round 5 of the RFIF.

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Change of Date for Abalone Season 

The Department of Fisheries have recognised the need for greater flexibility and have moved the next fishing date from New Year’s Day to Sunday 8 January.

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Dhufish Boat Limit to Remain at Two

The Department of Fisheries made the decision that the rate of recovery was not sufficient enough to allow an increase in the boat limit at this time.

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Pelagic Paradise Deployed Off Perth

Deployment is running ahead of schedule with one of the towers being installed on December 21, with the second set to be deployed late December.

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Expression of Interest for Round 6 of the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund are now open

December 21, 2016

MEDIA STATEMENT

Expressions of Interest (EOI) for Round 6 of the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund (RFIF) are 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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More Artificial Reefs Highlights New Fishing Projects for WA

  • Nine new projects funded from recreational fishing licence money
  • New artificial reefs for Exmouth and Esperance plus funding towards an artificial reef for Dampier

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Slow Start to South West Crabbing Season Predicted

A lengthy winter and lower than average water temperature is predicted to cause a slow start to Crabbing this season.

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Give the Gift of Life This Christmas

If you have a special fisherperson in your life, why not give them a life jacket this Christmas

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Thieves Pay the Price: Boats Seized

This year, the Department of Fisheries is really cracking down on craypot interference offences and those doing the wrong thing are being caught and paying a hefty price for their indiscretions.

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Shark Bay Snapper Research Helps Lift 20+ Year Old Recovery Strategy

A group of passionate Snapper fishers became actively involved in the management of the fishery and in the early 2000’s a group of keen community members joined forces and committed their own time and resources into catching Pink Snapper in the name of science.

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Resource Sharing Concerns for Iconic Kimberley Barramundi

Gillnet fishing for Barramundi has recently started on the doorstep of Derby. Local recreational fishers have noticed a decline in fishing quality over recent months.

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Swan River Prawning: Code of Conduct

If you do find yourself tempted into a trip down to the water’s edge in search of a feed of prawns then there are a few practises that you should follow to ensure the continued improvement of river prawn populations, protection of the river system ecology and that the river can be enjoyed by all of the people that use it.

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Snapper Guardians: Egg Collection Success for 2017 Restocking Program

Following the success of last year’s Snapper Guardians program, Recfishwest and the Australian Centre for Applied Aquaculture Research (ACAAR) team are at it again having just collected a new batch of Pink Snapper eggs from spawning aggregations in Cockburn Sound.

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WA Size Limit Review Survey

Recfishwest is undertaking a fish size limit review survey to assist in providing advice to the Department of Fisheries on the views expressed by the recreational fishing community. We are very keen to hear your thoughts on how these proposals may affect your fishing experience.

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Fish and Survive This Abalone Season

Read our Media Release here.


Current Management Puts Iconic Mandurah Fishery at Risk

Almost everyone has a story about the time they went fishing in Mandurah. It is a part of being West Australian.

This highly valued waterway provides enjoyable, accessible and safe fishing experiences for locals and visitors alike. It has forever been a summertime escape for families wanting to get out and enjoy what Mandurah has to offer.

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WA Fishers Now Going Digital: Recfishwest App Version 2 

Recfishwest’s and WA’s first ever fishing Rules Smartphone App was a huge hit with fishers after going live back in May 2016., and now version 2 has arrived!

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Illegal Fishing Pays Its Price

The last fortnight has seen two separate occasions where three men have been fined  for possession of unlawful seafood and illegal fishing practices.  It’s times like these  we need to praise and recognise the important work conducted at the Department of Fisheries to ensure the health and sustainability of our WA fisheries.

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Recfishwest  Celebrate Gone Fishing Day

The first National Gone Fishing Day was held on October 16 across Australia. Fishers united to wet a line on the day that was all for celebrating fishing in our community and teaching the next generation of fisherkids.

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Angel Ring Saves Lives in Esperance 

The recent investment in rock fishing safety initiatives is starting to make a real difference in WA and lives are being saved as a result. Initiatives such as Angel Rings (life rings) are proving genuine life savers, as was the case at Esperance.

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Kununurra Barra Bash

The 18th annual Apex East Kimberley Marine Barra Bash (aka the Kununurra Barra Bash) competition was held in September and again proved to be a great success for the local community.

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Roebuck Bay Marine Park a Win for Fishing 

Recfishwest welcomes the final management plan for the Roebuck Bay Marine Park, which has retained unrestricted recreational fishing access.

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New Era of Life Jackets

It is great to see people’s attitudes toward fishing safety, in particular the increasing popularity of a new breed of practical, slimline, self-inflating life jackets, was really impressive and maybe a turning point in our continued push to ensure everyone returns home safe after a days fishing.

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Fish Towers to be deployed this summer

Get ready for some metro pelagic fishing this Summer at the new Fish Towers!  Two new exciting Fish Towers will be deployed this summer in the metropolitan region, funded through recreational fishing licence fees, creating exciting brand new fishing opportunities.

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Fishers for Fish Habitat Forum

Having a variety of healthy habitats available for fish to utilise is one of the most important and often overlooked parts of healthy fisheries. If you would like to learn more make sure you attend the Fishers for Fish Habitat Forum.

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2016 Rock Lobster Season Set to be Another Bumper

As of  October 15, the much anticipated rock lobster season opens throughout Western Australia, with the iconic Western Rock Lobster being one of the prize catches in WA.

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Roebuck Bay Marine Park:  Where Conservation and Recreation Join Forces

7 October 2016

MEDIA RELEASE

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Young Future Leaders Tackle the Big Picture 

This year’s Recfishwest Young Future Leaders (YFL) program is well and truly underway with participants working on fishing industry projects to benefit the WA community.

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Power in Numbers for Pink Snapper in Cockburn

Perth’s metro Pink Snapper fishery has boomed in recent years and much of the credit should go to recreational fishers.

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Night Vision Cameras to Protect Peel Harvey Crabs

Blue Swimmer Crabs in the Peel-Harvey are receiving a break from commercial and recreational fishing until November 1.

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Mandurah Boat Show Oct 7-9

Come and see our Recfishwest team at the Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show from October 7-9.

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Join the Party: Gone Fishing Day WA 2016

On October 16, Recfishwest will be running a family fishing day  with clinics and other fun activities for kids on the Swan River. Register Now!

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Commonwealth Marine Park Review- Delivers Mixed Bag for Fishers

Recfishwest support marine parks that are created for the purpose of recreation, science, education, conservation and enhanced visitor experiences.

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Purple Fly Fishing’s Second Year of Smiles

Fly fishing was just what the doctor ordered on a special weekend at Clover Cottage earlier this month. For the second year in succession, fly fishing experts descended on picturesque Clover Cottage, Manjimup, on the banks of the Warren River, to teach 15 ladies from Breast Cancer Care WA the art of fly casting.

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More Fish in the Water as South West Freshwater Season Kicks Off

7 September 2016

MEDIA RELEASE

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Dhufish Boat Limit Update 

Recfishwest is confident that the responsible fishing practises adopted by fishers could lead to an increase in the Dhufish boat limit as early as December this year.

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A Push to Ban Fishing at Greens Pool 

Fishing activity at Greens Pool is popular with families and children as it is a safe protected area. Recfishwest find it disappointing that there is a push to end a sustainable and enjoyable pastime for WA families.

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Abrolhos Islands National Park to Improve Tourism and Support Wilderness Fishing Experiences

Recfishwest is encouraged by the latest news from the WA Premier, Colin Barnett, that the iconic Abrolhos Islands are set to become a National Park that will both promote tourism while protecting it’s unique wilderness values and great fishing experiences

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Regional Fishing Activity Booming 

Regional  centres have been a hive of fishing activity in recent weeks, with a number of popular annual fishing competitions held. Find out what is happening in your region here.

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Fishers Want Better Habitat & Better Fishing

Local fishers from Albany and surrounds wanting to learn more about why fishing has changed in the area and what can be done to bring back the glory days came down to the Fishers for Fish Habitat Forum held in Albany earlier this month.

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 Safety Technology to Improve Emergency Response Time at Salmon Holes 

5 August 2016

The Albany community recently received a boost for fishing safety, with the instalment of an emergency telephone at Albany’s notorious rock fishing location, Salmon Holes.

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Sanctuary Zone Not Needed In Roebuck Bay 

13 July 2016

A continued push to introduce a sanctuary zone in Roebuck Bay bemused local fishers from the Broome Fishing Club as there is no evidence to support ‘no fishing areas’.

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Fishability Extends its Reach Into The Midwest 

13 July 2016

Fishability  (formerly Fishers with Disabilities Association Inc.) has expanded into Geraldton! Fishability is a West Australian not for profit community group which provides regular recreational fishing opportunities for children and adults living with disabilities.

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Mandurah Crabs Receive World First Certification 

13 July 2016

The Peel-Harvey blue swimmer crab fishery is the most popular WA recreational fishery and also provides a livelihood for 10 commercial crab licence holders. Receiving this world-first certification ensures the longevity of this fishery and Recfishwest has been an enthusiastic supporter of the process, which protects and promotes sustainable and enjoyable fishing opportunities for the WA community.

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Rock Lobster Science Predicts Great Fishing To Come

The 2015-16 metro western rock lobster season drew to a close at the end of June. Good news for crayfish lovers is we are less than three months from the opening of the 2016-17 season, starting October 15.

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World First Certification for  World Class Fishery

Peel Harvey’s iconic Blue Swimmer Crab fishery was today recognised and the world’s first   internationally certified sustainable recreational and commercial combined fishery.

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No Science to Support Gillnet Safety Claims

In recent weeks calls have been made for the reintroduction of the metropolitan shark fishery, by linking the 2007 closure to recent shark attacks.  No evidence has supported these calls.

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Rec Fishing Future in Good Hands

Fourteen participants aged between 20 and 30 made their way to the Abrolhos Islands last month as part of Recfishwest’s NextWave young leaders program.

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Boost for Snapper Guardians in State Budget

Recfishwest are delighted with the state government’s budget commitment today which will see $300,000 over the next 2 years towards the release of more Pink Snapper fingerlings into Cockburn Sound. People stood up and made a pledge to chip in towards a solution, and it’s great to see the government throw their support behind this initiative.

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A Threadie Shootout

The improved fishing in Roebuck Bay was on full show during last month’s Threadie Shootout.  The annual competition held by the Broome Fishing Club was run on different tides this year, but the results showed the decision was a wise one.

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An Avoidable Tragedy 

Recreational fishers have been urged to take more responsibility for their own safety after yet another rock fishing fatality.

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Fishing Opportunities Increase This Season 

Autumn is a magical time for fishing right across WA. The summer winds ease and the fishing conditions are often some of the best of the year, coinciding happily with some fantastic fishing opportunities.

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Oyster Reefs in Albany 

Recfishwest’s partnership with The Nature Conservancy Australia, University of Western Australia and South Coast Natural Resource Management to help bring back the oyster reefs in Oyster Harbour in Albany is starting to pay dividends. Habitat restoration is important to Western Australian recreational fishers and it is hoped the project will help secure the return of the oyster reefs which were once a thriving and abundant part of the Oyster Harbour underwater seascape.

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Great Change in WA Fishing Landscape 

The addition of artificial reefs has been a great change to the WA fishing landscape in the last three years.  Quality fish started appearing on the first two reefs in Georgaphe Bay almost instantly, and the new installation off Mandurah should be the same.  Prime recreational fishing species like Pink Snapper, Samson Fish, Dhufish, Skippy and Yellowtail Kingfish can be found on the reefs.

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New Recfishwest Fishing APP for WA

Recfishwest today launched the first Smartphone App for fishing in WA, conveniently delivering the fishing rules to the community at the touch of a button.

The Recfishwest App is free to download and will give all WA fishers the latest fishing rules in their pocket, even when they find themselves well outside of phone and internet reception.

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Mandurah Artifical Reef 

The Mandurah Artificial Reef is currently being deployed, three years after the deployment of the successful south west artificial reefs.

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Fish Trap Trial Ruled Out 

Recfishwest  welcomed news that a recent proposal to trial fish traps in the Gascoyne region has been ruled out by the Fisheries Minister, Ken Baston.

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