News Archive

December 18, 2023

South Coast Marine Park public consultation postponed until early 2024

The Minister for the Environment Reece Whitby has pushed back the date for the release of the proposed south coast marine park plan for public consultation to early February next year. It was widely anticipated…

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December 15, 2023

Check out some of 2023’s best videos from some of WA’s most popular online fishers!

To wrap up 2023, we’ve reached out to some of WA’s most well-known fishers across YouTube and Instagram asking them to show us their favourite videos from this year! The content they chose below showcases some of…

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December 14, 2023

Scott Coghlan’s 2023 highlights

Western Angler Editor Scott Coghlan has certainly made the most of 2023 from a fishing perspective! From chasing queenfish and GT’s at the Mackerel Islands to having his first ever battle with European pike…

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December 13, 2023

Fourteen FREE kids fishing clinics on offer in our SunSmart Southern Fishing Clinic Tour this summer

Looking to get the kids off their screens and devices over the summer school holidays and outdoors doing a free, fun and educational outdoor activity? Recfishwest’s popular SunSmart Southern Fishing Clinic Tour is…

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December 01, 2023

Cockburn Sound seagrass growth success overshadowed by Westport dredging prospect

Seeds for Snapper volunteers are successfully seeding critical seagrass meadows in Cockburn Sound having dispersed seeds across the equivalent area of 12 Optus footy fields since it was launched five years ago…

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November 29, 2023

Westport announcement – questions on potential “catastrophic impacts” on Cockburn Sound remain unanswered

Recfishwest continues to have serious concerns about the future of the environment, fish stocks and fishing in Cockburn Sound following the Government’s latest announcement on the final location and design for its…

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November 29, 2023

Spotlight on Westport – far from sound planning in Cockburn Sound

Following the State Government’s announcement on the design and location for its Westport container port planned to be built in Kwinana in 2032, Recfishwest Operations Manager Leyland Campbell takes a closer look…

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November 28, 2023

Metro cray fishers share concerns over Marmion Marine Park planning

Excitement is building for the annual whites run and the prospect of catching a cray for Christmas. Word is it’s imminent with a few soft-shelled crays already being taken off nearshore reefs by divers – so get…

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November 17, 2023

Recfishwest’s Community Grant recipients for 2024 and their big plans for improving fishing across WA!

Whether it be fishing clubs or local businesses – community groups can easily tick off all their goals when they are backed in with adequate support and resources.    That is why over the last 12 years Recfishwest…

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November 16, 2023

Join our cast of thousands and stand up for fishing in the challenges that lie ahead

Recfishwest CEO Dr Andrew Rowland takes a look back at a year of intensive activity by the peak recfishing sector body and how we can meet the challenges ahead for fishing and reap the opportunities. “It’s…

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November 13, 2023

This summer’s Metro abalone season dates announced!

***UPDATE*** Saturday 3 February abalone session has been postponed due to forecast unsafe conditions. A replacement session will take place on 9 March (pending the assessment of swell and weather conditions). The…

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November 08, 2023

Pemberton Trout Festival – breaking trout stocking attendance records in just its second year

Thanks to a buzzing crowd of around 500 mums, dads and excited kids along with stunning weather, the second edition of Pemberton Trout Festival went down as our biggest family-friendly trout stocking event to date…

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October 26, 2023

Whites run forecast overshadowed by Marmion Marine Park extension concerns

This year’s whites run has been forecast to happen in late November according to one of WA’s leading rock lobster scientists.   However, the eager anticipation over this summer’s cray season is being overshadowed…

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October 25, 2023

State Government’s Metro wire trace ban “goes too far”

Recfishwest believes Minister for Fisheries Don Punch’s decision to ban the use of wire trace 800m from shore between South of Mandurah to Two Rocks goes too far.  We agree that fishing for large sharks in the…

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October 24, 2023

Recfishwest on the road – highlights from October’s fishing clinics and kids fishing competitions across WA!

It’s been a very busy October for our Recfishwest crew and nearly 180 kids who had a crack at fishing in our Metro, Mid-West and Pilbara region’s fishing clinics and competitions!   Recfishwest is…

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October 24, 2023

State-wide FADs network gets Government backing as southern/Metro FADs deployment begins!

In a great win for fishers, following Recfishwest’s successful FADs trial program, the State Government has committed to maintaining a Statewide FADs network for the next three years with the north Metro FADs…

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October 24, 2023

Dampier’s Mackerel 5000 sets new Fishing for Science record for most mackie samples donated in one day

The Accenture Mackerel 5000 held in Dampier by the Nickol Bay Sportsfishing Club in mid-October needs to take a bow, it just produced some of the most jaw-droppingly big Spanish mackerel ever seen in a West Aussie…

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October 23, 2023

2023 Waroona Troutfest a roaring success, with scores of excited families celebrating our freshwater fishery

A lively crowd and lovely weather made for a fabulous seventh edition of Troutfest and a fitting celebration of the enjoyment our South-West freshwater fishery brings to thousands of West Aussies.   More than 350…

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