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Gascoyne Coast Bioregion

Westeran Australia map with gascoyne bioregion highlighted
The Gascoyne Coast Bioregion runs from the Zuytdorp Cliffs, north of Kalbarri to the Ashburton River, south of Onslow (27° S to 21°46’ S).

In addition to the general fishing rules that can be found for our Statewide Recreational fishing guide, please be aware of specific rules in this bioregion covering restricted and closed areas, including:

  • marine reserves;
  • Fish Habitat Protection Areas and specific fishing closures such as wreck sites; and
  • fishing for pink snapper in Shark Bay

Marine reserves

Marine reserves include marine nature reserves, marine parks and marine management areas. Marine parks and reserves are managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife. However, we manage fishing inside and outside marine reserves.

Marine reserves in the Gascoyne Coast Bioregion include:

Fish habitat protection areas (FHPAs) 

Fishing for pink snapper in Shark Bay

There are specific rules relating to recreational fishing for pink snapper in Shark Bay.

To make sure you know exactly what you are catching see our Fish Identification Guide.

Additional information is available if you are targeting specific species in the Gascoyne Coast Bioregion:

There are also specific rules for spearfishing in Ningaloo Marine Park and the Muiron Islands Marine Management Area. For more information, see Spearfishing in Ningaloo Marine Park.

In addition, there are a number of recreational fisheries and fishing activities in the Gascoyne Coast Bioregion which require a separate licence.

Make sure you are familiar with all the rules that apply in these areas and fishing activities before you make your trip. If you are unsure about the rules or need further advice, contact your local Department of Fisheries office.

Last modified: 22/11/2016 2:55 PM

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