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Undersize bream must be immediately and carefully returned to the water.

Friday 1 September 2017

Green is the new black for bream

This time of year is a popular time to go black bream fishing in the Swan-Canning Estuary area, but please take care of the surrounding environment and keep to bag and size limits.

Following recent complaints of fishers taking undersize black bream and more than their daily bag limit from the Canning River, increased patrols have been carried out by Fisheries and Marine Officers along its banks.

Black bream have a minimum legal size of 250 mm and a daily bag limit of six. However, in the Swan and Canning rivers you can only take two black bream over 400 mm in length.

The lakes on Heirisson Island downstream of the causeway and Burswood Lake are closed to all fishing.

The preferred habitat for adult bream includes overhanging banks among the branches of dead trees found at the bottom of deep pools in most rivers in WA. Black bream almost never leave their estuary unless flushed out to the ocean under conditions of extreme flooding – leading to genetically distinct populations within each estuary system.

Since black bream can’t migrate to other estuaries, they are reliant on a healthy habitat to maintain healthy populations within a particular estuary. In many estuaries the impacts of environmental factors, which include loss of bankside vegetation, are likely to be at least as important on stock abundance as fishing pressure.

So look after banks and vegetation to help keep our black bream stocks healthy and sustainable.

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

Last modified: 1/09/2017 1:05 PM

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