Anglers welcome new fishing laws Western Australia
Western Australia’s peak recreational fishing body has welcomed new laws for the Kimberley and Pilbara, in the state’s north.
From January next year anglers will have to follow new bag and size limits.
The changes include a maximum size limit of a metre for all cod species, a bag limit drop to two for spanish mackerel and the elimination of gill netting, with the exception of a small area in the Dampier Archipelago.
Executive director of RecFishWest, Frank Prokop, says he believes most local anglers will welcome the new regulations.
“There’s a fair bit of education required because some of the bag limits in particular have become more complicated but the implementation of a number of size limits that will apply both commercially and recreationally will have great benefit to future stocks.”
Tom Price recreational fisher Jason Catchpole says he is one of a few people from the inland town who does not overstock when they get to the coast to fish.
Mr Catchpole says he fully supports the limits.
“I think they’re a great idea, I reckon it’s been needed for quite a while,” Mr Catchpole said.
“It just seems that nowadays you have got to go further and further to catch a decent fish – what you used to catch 10 kilometres from shore now you have got to go 50 kilometres from shore to catch.”
Long-time Port Hedland resident and angler David Podmore says while the new rules can help ensure the sustainability of recreational fishing, they will not be effective without strong enforcement.
“You’ve got the rules and the regs have been around for a long time but it’s the policing of them,” Mr Podmore said.
“We had big issues here with the mulloway when they’re running and mackerel, and you’ve also still got problems with the netting of the creeks, you know, which I still don’t feel gets policed well enough even though the Minister said there’s going to be roving patrols.”