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Battered fish, on a plate, as a meal
Saturday 5 October 2019

New rules support WA fishing tourism

Guests staying in commercial accommodation, such as resorts, that provide accommodation and meals can now have their fish stored and cooked on the premises.

The rule change opens up tourism opportunities for guests at resorts and on charters, but the sale of recreationally-caught fish remains an offence.

Guests in commercial accommodation can now store their fish and have it prepared for a meal by the accommodation’s restaurant. 

The restaurant may apply a charge or cost for cooking or preparing the fish for its owner, but cannot on-sell any of that fish or its parts to other people.

The fish must be clearly labelled with the owner's full name while being stored at the accommodation site, and must not be stored in the same fridge, freezer or container as any commercially caught fish.

The new regulations don’t allow for the storage of parts of a rock lobster, such as tails, which is only permitted at a persons’ principal place of residence or at appropriately licensed fish processing facilities.​

More information about these rule changes is available in out Q&A information sheet​.

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