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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries

One of our fisheries officers gathering evidence of illegal fishing activity using a long range camera lens.

Friday 17 May 2019

Eyes on the water to protect our valued fisheries

​Our fisheries officers will be keeping their eyes on the water along our southern coastlines making sure fishers stick to the rules over the next few months as part of ‘Operation Shadowedge’.

Western Australia has some of world’s best fisheries and aquatic resources and is it vital that everyone continues to work together to protect them.

The operation, targeting both commercial and recreational fishers, has launched with surveillance activities in Esperance, Hopetoun and Collie. 

The department will use aerial surveillance and other advanced surveillance equipment including long range cameras and drones to monitor remote fishing locations.

We are working with a number of government agencies and industry stakeholders as part of the operation.

Recent surveillance activities have been effective in identifying landing locations of commercial abalone catches and evidence of out of season marron fishing activity.

As well as surveillance activities, we are encouraging voluntary compliance through various education campaigns

We recognise the vast majority of fishers do the right thing on the water, but we encourage everyone to keep up-to-date with the current rules ensuring there will be plenty of fish for the future.

Anyone who has information on illegal fishing activities is asked to call FishWatch on 1800 815 507.

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