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​Our community education roadshow will show examples of illegal fish traps 

Monday 22 July 2019

Don’t get caught in a trap in Eighty Mile Beach Marine Park

Fishing traps are illegal to use in WA – a message that will be highlighted in a DPIRD Fisheries community education roadshow around locations in the Eighty Mile Beach Marine Park from July 24-26.

DPIRD Community Education and Fisheries and Marine Officers will be touring with a ‘trailer of traps’ showcasing illegal fishing traps, stopping at Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park, Cape Keraudren and Pardoo Station Stay.

Fishing traps are illegal because they can indiscriminately catch and kill non-target animals and are an unsustainable way to fish.

In WA, it is legal to use drop nets (also called dilly pots) for crabs. Also, livebait and cherabin can be caught using a throw net, so long as you have a net fishing licence.

Our officers will also be out and about in the marine park ensuring fishers know which areas/zones now have changes to permitted fishing activities.

They will also be letting people know how they can access WA’s fishing rules, handing out fish ruler stickers and answering any fishing questions people may have.

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