Recfishwest in the Regions

We are blessed in WA with some of the best fishing found anywhere in the country. In fact, I would argue that our 12,000km coastline provides the best variety of fishing experiences in Australia.

Lake Kununurra Barra Stocking

Regional fishing experiences form part of the core identity for many local communities and these experiences are also an important tourism drawcard for many of these towns. This is why it’s so important for Recfishwest to be connected to our regional communities.  Although we do this in a number of ways, by far the best way to properly understand what fishers are telling us is by visiting these locations ourselves.

This week, our staff have made visits to Esperance, Carnarvon and Kununurra.

Today I am in Kununurra as part of the ongoing barramundi stocking program in town. The program started back in 2012 and has seen over 650,000 barra released into Lake Kununurra.

Leyland Campbell, Recfishwest’s Operations Manager, is in Carnarvon for the annual Carnar-fin Fishing Competition and will be attending the competition weigh in and Kids Competition on Saturday. Leyland will be discussing all things fishing with locals, including pink snapper management and the proposed artificial reef for Carnarvon.

Steph deploying BRUVS on Esperance’s Cooper Reef

Our Research Officer Steph Watts just got back from a trip to Esperance where she gathered important information on Esperance’s new artificial reef. Steph, with the help of the Volunteer Marine Rescue and the Esperance Deep Sea Angling Club, deployed underwater cameras to record fish populations on the reef. This visit also included updating club members on the reef and other Recfishwest projects. I can tell you Esperance Jetty remains a hot topic for local fishers.

The many different events we attend whether it be fishing clinics, public meetings, competitions, stocking days or research trips allow us to better engage with regional communities and hear directly from grassroots fishers.

The time the Recfishwest team spend in the numerous fishing towns around the state is invaluable to our organisation. It allows us to connect directly with the fishers on the ground and gather a first-hand understanding of their needs.

Recfishwest Sunsmart Fishing Clinic held at Gamex in Exmouth

If you are attending a fishing event somewhere in the state, chances are we will be there! So keep an eye out for the Recfishwest team and say ‘G’day’, we are always keen to hear your views on how to make your fishing better!

Dr Andrew Rowland

Cheif Executive Officer

Underwater footage from Cooper Reef

Shimano Australia Supporting Sustainable Fishing in the West

Media Announcement 

International industry leaders, Shimano, have teamed up with Recfishwest to become proud Supporting Partners of Recfishwest’s Smartphone App.

Launched by Recfishwest in 2016, Western Australia’s only fishing rules App is free and makes people’s fishing stress free and simpler – all at the touch of a button. Since its release, the App has become a key tool in supporting sustainable fishing and assisting fishers do the right thing.

Leading fishing technologies since 1921, Shimano produces the highest quality fishing products on the market, and now the tackle giant have thrown their support behind Recfishwest and believe the smartphone App plays a vital role in helping people fish for the future.

Managing Director of Shimano Australia Fishing Colin Tanahill said he was proud to align the Shimano brand with that of Recfishwest’s and believes the partnership is important to keeping people fishing.

“Our brand is about getting people out fishing in Australia, and to now partner with WA’s peak body for fishing, Recfishwest, is great for the WA community,” Mr Tanahill said.

“We’ve built our trust over many years, both in Australia and abroad, by providing fishers with the best fishing gear possible but it’s also important to support organisations like Recfishwest who provide the community with more places to fish and more fish to catch!”

“Becoming a Supporting Partner of the Recfishwest App is important to continue the ‘fish for the future’ message, and the more people using the app to understand the rules, the better our fishing will be in years to come.”

“We love what the team at Recfishwest does to help make WA one of the best fishing locations in the world – whether it’s Barra up North or Dhufish down South, our values align with theirs so partnering with them makes sense.”

Recfishwest CEO Dr Andrew Rowland was thrilled to have the Shimano Australia team on board as supporting partners of Recfishwest and our App.

“The Shimano brand has long been associated with trust amongst fishers, with a dedicated mantra to delivering the community with quality gear and supporting quality fishing experiences and with their support we can continue delivering great fishing experiences for all West Aussies,” Dr Rowland said.

“As a not-for-profit organisation it’s important to have partners who believe in our values and align with our vision of ensuring we have safe, sustainable, accessible and enjoyable fishing for the community forever.”

For more about Shimano Australia, click here.


Partnering with Recfishwest allows businesses to access one of WA’s most engaged and active communities, some 750,000 fishing West Aussies. Recfishwest have a range of Partnerships that can meet your social and corporate needs from supporting kids and families, to conservation and research, to fishing safety and digital communications. Contact Tim at to find out more.