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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
Tuesday 26 September 2017

Don't forget to buy your fishing licences before you go to remote locations

​With the Southern Zone recreational abalone fishing season fast approaching, now’s the time to get your licence.

Even though you can buy WA fishing licences online at, if you head out of Esperance, locals will tell you there’s little or no phone reception when you leave the town area.

Esperance-based Supervising Fisheries and Marine Officer Aly Jennings said sometimes people ventured to remote parts of the district, on camping or day trips, but they should make sure they take their fishing licences with them.

“Our beautiful coastline is full of great fishing opportunities, but if a licence is required for the activity people need to think ahead,” Ms Jennings said.

“Whether it’s an abalone licence for Southern Zone fishing from October to Mid-May or a Recreational Fishing from Boat Licence, buy them before you go.

“In the past we’ve encountered abalone fishers, who’ve come across ideal flat conditions and low tide and, on spec, decided to have a go – that’s only okay if you have an abalone fishing licence”.

Ms Jennings said when fishers are out of range, they can’t access our online licensing service.

“We know fishers might be tempted to fish without a licence, but we urge them not to risk a fine from the Fisheries and Marine Officers, who will be out and about – including that remote spot where you may be fishing today,” she said.
“To avoid a long trek up the hill to get phone signal to buy a licence online, remember to organise it before you go.

“If you plan ahead, you won’t regret it. Make sure you know the rules and limits for your fishing activity. Ensure you have that licence if you are required to.”

You can find WA’s recreational fishing rules and fishing licences online at online at Anyone who sees any illegal fishing activities is urged to call FishWatch on 1800 815 507.

Last modified: 26/09/2017 5:31 PM

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