Several shellfish species along Western Australia’s bays and estuaries are collected for decoration, bait and food, but not everyone is aware that daily bag limits apply.
In the case of the popular ark shells, cockles and pipis, this is two litres per fisher and the bag limit applies to the group as a whole.
Similarly, larger ‘specimen shells’, such as cowries, volutes and conch, have a combined bag limit of 10.
Ark shells, cockles and pipis (surf clams) are very accessible at low tide as they live just below the sand in the intertidal zone of beaches. Keeping to bag limits is very important as once a local population of these shellfish becomes depleted it may take many years to recover.
For more information see our recreational fishing rules.
You can also download our Recreational fishing guide or pick up a copy from our offices and participating information outlets.
It is illegal to sell any collected fish, including shells. Anyone who has information on illegal fishing activities is asked to call FishWatch on 1800 815 507.