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​The latest Statewide survey is the most comprehensive to date and shows crabs and whiting are our most popular catches.

Tuesday 13 March 2018

Catch snapshot shows strong recreational fishing stewardship

​Recreational fishers have been applauded for their active participation in Western Australia's third recreational boat fishing survey.

Having an understanding of the State’s recreational catch is vital to keeping our fisheries sustainable and helping ensure there will be fish for the future.

The Statewide survey has been carried out every two years to compare catches over time and this third recreational boat fishing survey is the most comprehensive of its kind in Australia, with almost 6,000 fishers taking part.

The survey indicates there was a high level of compliance with the fishing rules, with recreational fishers demonstrating a strong sense of stewardship for fish stocks.

The latest snapshot shows an estimated 680,000 blue swimmer crabs were fished in 12 months, making it the most caught species.

School whiting was the most captured finfish with an estimated 230,000 reeled in by recreational fishers, followed by Australian herring, pink snapper and dhufish.

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