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A close up of a marron showing its claws
The recent marron season saw plenty of large marron caught, with only a few fishers breaking the rules.
Friday 9 March 2018

Fishers stick to the marron rules

​Our Fisheries Officers have reported a successful marron fishing season with only a minority of fishers breaking the rules.   

The four-week season saw lots of large marron legally caught by licensed fishers across the South West, with the Albany region and Harvey and Wellington dams proving to be particularly popular.

Nearly 11,000 marron fishing licences were issued this year, with around 50,000 marron estimated to have been caught over the season.

Overall, there was a decrease in illegal marron fishing. We recorded 68 marron fishing related offences this year, the most common offence being fishing out of season – with concerted efforts by Fisheries Officers prior to the start of the season as part of Operation Kerinci.

However, the use of illegal traps continues to be a concern, with several seized from fishers. Traps in marron waters can catch and kill other aquatic animals such as Rakali and long-neck turtles.

Our officers worked in collaboration with key partners including the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Water Corporation and WA Police to patrol popular fishing locations.

Our patrols will continue throughout the year and people caught illegally fishing for marron during the closed season face significant fines and possible seizure of fishing equipment and vehicles. 

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

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