Ningaloo fishing rules finalised – The Western Australian Government has finalised fishing rules for the sanctuary zones at Ningaloo Marine Park off the state’s north-west coast.
The zones aim to conserve marine diversity and fish stocks, with about 40 per cent of Ningaloo out of bounds for recreational and commercial anglers.
The new fishing rules came into effect this month for the 300 kilometre Ningaloo Reef system.
Fisheries Minister Jon Ford says the Department of Fisheries and Department of Conservation and Land Management officers will be patrolling the areas and educating people about the new arrangements, before penalties are handed out after the initial period.
Mr Ford says the laws will help to ensure the long-term protection of the reef.
“It’s important for people to realise that we’re not locking up the Ningaloo system, this is about protecting it and more than 60 per cent of it will still be open for fishing,” he said.