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Fisher holding up a freshly caught herring.

Herring are a great ‘bread and butter’ species to catch, but remember there is a daily bag limit of 12 per fisher.

Wednesday 26 April 2017

Fish for the future this autumn

We are encouraging recreational fishers to enjoy their fishing this autumn, but to fish for the future by sticking to the rules.

Autumn is always a popular time of year for wetting a line or for pulling a crab net.

But to ensure our precious aquatic resources remain sustainable and to maintain a high quality fishing experience in Western Australia, fishers need to adhere to the rules.

One of the species that comes on the bite at this time of year is the ever-popular Australian herring.

The species begins to school in large numbers in autumn ahead of its spawning season making it a species commonly targeted by recreational fishers of all ages.

Don’t forget, though, the bag limit for herring is 12 to assist with the recovery of the species’ stocks.

Blue swimmer crabs are another species that get fishers’ attention during autumn.

As it’s one of the most popular species among recreational fishers in WA – it’s really important to stick to the crabbing rules to ensure there are plenty of crabs to enjoy in the future.

In the West Coast Bioregion you can only take a maximum of 10 blue swimmer crabs and you must immediately return all crabs under 127 mm or if they are carrying eggs.

Enjoy your fishing this autumn but help ensure everyone can continue to enjoy great fishing in WA for many years to come.

For more information see our recreational fishing rules.

You can also download our  Recreational fishing guide or pick up a copy of the guide from our offices and participating information outlets.

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