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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
Thursday 10 May 2018

Recfishing fees increase to benefit sustainable and safe fishing

  • ​Recreational fishing licence to increase by $5 from July 1, 2018
  • Licence fees will not go up again in this term of government
  • It will provide $1.1 million annually for recreational fishing management and initiatives

Recreational fishing licences will go up by $5 on July 1, 2018, with the promise that there will be no further licence fee increases in this term of government.
Licences are required in recreational fishing for rock lobster, abalone and marron, when fishing with a net or from a boat, and also for freshwater angling in the South-West. A fishing from a boat licence will cost $40 with all other activity licences being $50. Freshwater angling licences are not required for under 16s.
Fifty per cent discounts will still apply to fishing licences for under 16s, pensioners and seniors. Line fishing from beaches and jetties will remain free.
Fishers are also able to receive an additional 10 per cent discount, if they buy a licence for more than one recreational fishing activity in a single transaction. 
Of the revenue raised, 15 per cent will be provided to Recfishwest, 25 per cent will be placed in the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund, and the rest will go to fisheries management.
This will provide about an extra $166,000 annually to Recfishwest and about an additional $277,000 to the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund, lifting the annual contribution it receives through licence fees to more than $2.4 million.
For more 2018-19 State Budget information, visit
Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly:
"It is necessary to have small increases in recreational fishing licence fees to ensure the State Government can continue to invest in the sector.
"Instead of applying minor increases each year that would be administratively challenging, we have opted for a one-off $5 increase with no further increases in this term of government.
"A 50 per cent discount is still available for pensioners, seniors and under 16s, while line fishing from beaches and jetties will remain free so families can still enjoy a great weekend and holiday experience along the WA coast
"Recreational licence fees go towards improving recreational fishing opportunities, and to ensure our recreational fishing industry remains sustainable and safe for fishers."
Minister's office - 6552 6100

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