The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is reminding us to buy our fishing licenses before heading out on the water.
The Southern Zone recreational abalone fishing season starts on October 1, and a license is required to fish for abalone.
Supervising Fisheries and Marine Officer Aly Jennings said fishers should make sure they take their fishing licences with them, especially to remote areas.
“Our beautiful coastline is full of great fishing opportunities, but if a licence is required for the activity people need to think ahead,” Ms Jennings said.
“Whether it’s an abalone licence for Southern Zone fishing from October to Mid-May or a Recreational Fishing from Boat Licence, buy them before you go.
“In the past we’ve encountered abalone fishers, who’ve come across ideal flat conditions and low tide and, on spec, decided to have a go – that’s only okay if you have an abalone fishing licence”.
“We know fishers might be tempted to fish without a licence, but we urge them not to risk a fine from the Fisheries and Marine Officers, who will be out and about – including that remote spot where you may be fishing today,” she said.
“To avoid a long trek up the hill to get phone signal to buy a licence online, remember to organise it before you go.
“If you plan ahead, you won’t regret it. Make sure you know the rules and limits for your fishing activity. Ensure you have that licence if you are required to.”
WA’s recreational fishing rules and fishing licences are online at www.fish.wa.gov.au. If you see illegal fishing activities, please call FishWatch on 1800 815 507.