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​You cannot fish for, take, bring onto land or be in possession of demersal finfish, such as dhufish, in the West Coast Bioregion​ during​ the seasonal closure.
Monday 14 October 2019

Demersal finfish season closure - 15 Oct to 15 Dec

The annual recreational demersal fishing closure in the West Coast Bioregion (Black Point, east of Augusta, to the Zuytdorp Cliffs, north of Kalbarri) starts on Tuesday 15 October and continues until 15 December (inclusive).

You cannot fish for, take, bring onto land or be in possession of demersal finfish on a boat 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 to the water immediately with the least possible injury to the fish.

The vast majority of fishers do the right thing and comply with season closures to do their bit to ensure there are fish for the future.

The closure is one of several measures to manage recreational and charter catches under a 20-year recovery plan, which aims to allow WA dhufish, pink snapper, baldchin groper and other demersal scalefish species to recover by 2030.

You can view a comprehensive list of demersal finfish species and further information about seasonal closures on our website.

​Read more in the media release​.​​

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