Re-open – West Coast Demersal Finfish closed season 15 October – 15 December

The take or landing of demersal finfish is prohibited within the West Coast Bioregion during this period. If you catch a demersal finfish from a boat or from shore in this area during the closed season you must return it the water as soon as possible.

Unlike the Cockburn Sound pink snapper closure and the Abrolhos Island baldchin groper closure, which are designed to protect aggregations of spawning fish, the demersal finfish closure is one of several management measures to reduce the recreational catch in this area by at least 50 per cent. This reduction was required following independently reviewed research that showed demersal species, like dhufish, pink snapper and baldchin groper, were being overfished.

Baldchin groper Abrolhos Islands: Closed season 1 November – 31 January

Abrolhos Islands: Closed season 1 November – 31 January (inclusive).

Taking, landing or possessing baldchin groper is prohibited within the Abrolhos Islands Fish Habitat Protection Area during the closed season. Baldchin groper is a species unique to WA. These fish aggregate in shallow waters in the Abrolhos area to spawn as the water temperature rises.

Reopen – Blue Swimmer Crabs – Peel-Harvey Estuary: Closed season 1 September – 31 October (inclusive).

Peel-Harvey Estuary: Closed season 1 September – 31 October (inclusive).

The Peel Inlet, including the channel entrance, Harvey Estuary and Dawesville Cut and all man-made waterways are closed to all crab fishing during this period.

The closure protects crab breeding stocks, and allows female crabs to spawn before the fishery reopens.

Cockburn Sound: Closed to crab fishing – see Cockburn Sound map below.

The Cockburn Sound crab fishery is closed to protect the blue swimmer crab breeding stock.

This closure is an important measure required for the recovery of the crab stock after research showed a significant decline in the number of crabs in Cockburn Sound due to environmental and biological factors.