The exemption allows recreational fishing from boat licence rfbl holders to use a maximum of six single chamber octopus trigger traps and we will monitor the impact of their use over this two year trial period. Octopus hole conservation area is defined as those waters tidelands and bedlands of hood canal within a line projected due east from the western shore of hood canal on latitude 47 27 01 n for 200 yards thence southerly 628 yards parallel to the high water mark to latitude 47 26 40 thence due west to shore.
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Recreational octopus fishing wa. Our recreational fishing rules page gives more information about bag limits and other fishing rules that apply to boat fishers. A licence is not needed for crab drop scoop netting or prawn netting unless you re fishing from a powered boat or with the use of one in which case a recreational fishing from boat licence rfbl is required. What washington state s octopus hunting ban means for fisherman by louis hammersmith it was an otherwise typical halloween afternoon last year when then 19 year old dylan mayer harvested an 80 pound giant pacific octopus from the puget sound in west seattle.
Cyaneain the northern parts of the fishery and o. T he recreational fishing octopus trigger trap trial has been extended for a further three years under an exemption to the fish resources management act 1994. Line fishing handline rod and line squid jigging.
An rfbl is required for any fishing activity from a powered boat including. Targeted octopus fishing first commenced in wa in 2001 and innovative fishing techniques have led to the development of the commercial fishery including the establishment of formal management arrangements for the octopus resource. Since they were introduced in 2010 the sale of rfbls has generated more than 7 5 million for the management and enhancement of the state s recreational fishing.
Fishing for this species from a powered boat requires a recreational fishing from boat licence rfbl. The octopus fishery in western australia primarily targets octopus cf. Based in the small fishing town of geraldton over 400kms north of perth west australian octopus is the only large scale vertically integrated octopus fishing company in australia.
Tetricus with occasional bycatch of o. 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. Fishing for octopus in wa can be divided into four categories the west coast rock lobster managed fishery wcrlf harvests.
Recreational restrictions and openings. Recreational net fishing is only permitted in wa s ocean and estuarine waters not in. 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.
A recreational net fishing licence is required for haul set gill or throw cast netting. Since beginning fishing in 2018 our core product abrolhos octopus has quickly gained attention and appreciation from chefs around australia and the world. Fishing by diving and or snorkelling.