World class pictures and details of hundreds of spec. 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.
With increasing fishing pressure and environmental changes we need to manage our natural resources carefully to ensure there are fish for the future.
Wa recreational fishing app. The app is available for both iphone and android making it the perfect digital companion for recreational fishers especially those wetting a line in unfamiliar waters. 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. A collaboration between the department of primary industries and regional development and the department of biodiversity conservation and attractions whale sightings wa has been designed to.
Funds raised through recreational fishing licences help us to manage the state s fish resources effectively. 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. Fishing new locations can often mean you are unaware of the exact identity of the fish you catch and in turn the rules and regulations for those new species.
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. For this year only please purchase a new licence by clicking apply for a licence instead of renewing. It is one of the state s most popular pastimes with an estimated third of the population fishing recreationally.
A recreational fishing licence is required for recreational fishing from a boat netting freshwater angling and fishing for rock lobster abalone or marron. 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. Whale watchers can now double as citizen scientists with the launch of a new marine fauna sightings app helping track the mammals along the wa coastline.
F r om 12 january 2019 applications for online recreational fishing licences and renewals are processed through the department of transport s dotdirect website this won t result in any changes to licence fees and we will still be issuing you with your licences. No more rule books have the most up to date wa fishing rules and fish id at the touch of a button even when you re outside of phone and internet reception. The improved system is easy to use with new features making buying or renewing your licence simple.
Western australia boasts a wide range of fantastic recreational fishing opportunities. Download western australia s premium fishing mobile app for all your wa fishing rules.