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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
Thursday 7 January 2021

Western Australia's 2021 marron season gets underway from Midday tomorrow

​After western rock lobster for Christmas, more than 10,000 recreational fishers have licences ready to catch our other unique WA crayfish – freshwater marron. 

The limited four-week season begins at 12 Noon tomorrow (Friday 8 January) and runs until Noon on Friday 5 February 2021 making our wild-caught marron fishery one of the most carefully managed recreational fisheries in Australia

For many recreational fishers, the marron season offers an annual get-away, often with the family, to enjoy fishing for marron around their favourite freshwater dam or along a number of tree-lined rivers in WA’s South West.

The 2021 Recreational fishing guide for marron has details of no-go areas like public water supply dams, which are not open to fishing, and closed waters such as Shannon River and parts of Margaret River, as well as the other rules to follow to keep marron fishing sustainable.

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Senior Management Officer Rhiannon Jones said based on the department’s long-term understanding of the fishery, marron catches this season would likely be similar to last year.

“After below average rainfall in the past 12 months, some of the key marron fishing dams are at only 50% capacity and having less runoff impacts on the fishery’s productivity, which means careful management is vital and it’s important all fishers abide by the rules,” Ms Jones said.

Inland fisheries compliance officers from DPIRD have been working hard to catch those people who attempt to flout the closed season and will be on patrol during the season.

In Harvey Court, just last month, a Boddington man was ordered to pay fines, penalties and costs amounting to more than $8,000 for having 66 marron after illegally fishing out of season. 

If you suspect illegal fishing for marron during the season or at any time during the year, give FishWatch a call on 1800 815 507 to report what you have seen. By reporting your concerns, you will be helping to protect WA’s marron resources for future generations. 

Ms Jones said DPIRD’s Education team would be out-and-about tomorrow to assist fishers at Wellington Dam, and in the Collie and Harvey area for the opening of the season.

“Fishing for marron is a highly valued and unique experience in WA – our freshwater crayfish is often elusive and fishing skill plays a great part in landing the daily bag limit of five per licensed fisher in the designated trophy waters or up to eight in all other open waters,” she said

“With many marron fishers anticipating camping out with family and friends, it’s very important everyone abides by the prohibition on camp fires. Bush fire safety is everyone’s responsibility.”

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