West Australians should enjoy the first ever Gone Fishing Day, to be held on Sunday, October 16, 2016 and remember to always stick to the rules.
Gone Fishing Day is a day when all Western Australians can celebrate the great fishing experiences in our state, take part in one of the many events scheduled around local communities, or simply grab the family, take a mate or just take time out by yourself to enjoy a day of fishing.
Recfishwest CEO Dr Andrew Rowland said WA’s fishing experiences are some of the best in the world and to have a day that celebrates this and encourages the whole community to have a go at something new without needing a licence is a real positive.
Recfishwest is doing its part for National Gone Fishing Day by holding a huge family fishing event in Perth, encouraging the whole family to get involved in fishing activities and learn some new skills.
National Gone Fishing Day permits fishers to fish without holding recreational fishing licences including the Recreational (Boat) fishing Licence.
People are encouraged to enjoy fishing however are urged to remember that all the other recreational fishing rules and closures still apply on Sunday 16 October.
This includes all bag, size and possession limits and the fishing boat limits.
And, although the demersal scalefish closure has been delayed by two days, this year commencing on Monday October 17, all of the rules still apply.
The Cockburn Sound Pink Snapper closure is still in force and fishers cannot take species out of season including abalone, marron and crabs within the Peel-Harvey Estuary.
People are urged to remember to do the right thing while being out on the water celebrating their love of fishing and to have a good time while abiding by the rules.
For more information about Gone Fishing Day, including events, check the website https://gonefishingday.org/
To check the rules for fishing check the Department's website www.fish.wa.gov.au