Anglers protest washington s recreational fishing closure across washington wa the state department of fish and wildlife on march 25 temporarily closed recreational fishing and shellfish. Western australia boasts a wide range of fantastic recreational fishing opportunities.
You need a recreational fishing licence for these types of fishing within western australia.
Recreational fishing wa. Recreational fishing will boost wa s covid 19 recovery. For this year only please purchase a new licence by clicking apply for a licence instead of renewing. A recreational fishing licence is required for recreational fishing from a boat netting freshwater angling and fishing for rock lobster abalone or marron.
By developing these new fishing opportunities we aim to encourage western australians to holiday within the state and produce wider community benefits under wa s recovery plan. Recreational fishing from boat 40 00. The wa recovery plan recognises the importance of both social and economic recovery across wa and recreational fishing is a strong element in our social fabric.
As part of the transition to the new recreational fishing licence system only licences with an expiry date of the 13th of january 2020 onwards can be renewed online. The revenue from recreational fishing licences is spent on a range of projects that benefit recreational fishers with 25 per cent set aside for new initiatives and 15 per cent going towards funding recfishwest wa s peak recreational fishing body to represent the interests of the wa recreational fishing community. Some of the best fishing opportunities in the nation are available in washington.
The package developed with recfishwest includes new artificial reefs a boost to finfish stocks to increase fishing. It is one of the state s most popular pastimes with an estimated third of the population fishing recreationally. Crabbing for blue swimmer crabs in the west coast region crabbing for blue swimmer crabs in the west coast region vietnamese crabbing for blue swimmer crabs in the west coast region simplified chinese new rules for blue swimmer crab fishing in perth and the south west cockburn sound closed to crab fishing crabbing in the gascoyne region.
From fly fishing for bass and trout on freshwater lakes and streams east of the cascades to trolling for salmon along the coast to crabbing in puget sound washington offers a diverse and unique outdoors experience. The mcgowan government has unveiled a 6 million package to support western australia s booming recreational fishing industry as part of the wa recovery plan. Funds raised through recreational fishing licences help us to manage the state s fish resources effectively.
All the money generated from recreational fishing licences is reinvested in initiatives that directly benefit recreational fishing in western australia. With increasing fishing pressure and environmental changes we need to manage our natural resources carefully to ensure there are fish for the future.