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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries

Recreational fishing rules

To help keep our fish resources sustainable, we have developed a comprehensive set of rules for recreational fishers.

By following the rules you will help maintain the fantastic fishing opportunities here in WA, ensuring there are fish for the future for you and the generations to come.

Most of the key Statewide fishing rules can be found online and in our Recreational fishing guide, which includes bag and size limits tables for the main species you are likely to catch throughout WA.

A number of rules also apply to licensed fisheries and some rules apply to specific biological regions, known as 'bioregions' –  click on the relevant section in the map below for more details.

You should also be aware of rules for Marine Protected Areas and for individual species.

The rules form part of our management strategies, which are based on ongoing research monitoring of our fish and aquatic resources.


Last modified: 16/02/2021 1:20 PM

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