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Scuba divers swimming above the HMAS Swan dive wreck

Fishing gear such as hooks, sinkers and line can become a safety hazard to divers visiting the wreck. Photo: Tourism Western Australia.

Friday 8 June 2018

No fishing on HMAS Swan wreck site

​Fishers in Geographe Bay region are reminded that the HMAS Swan dive site is closed to all fishing within a 200-metre radius of the wreck, indicated with a marker buoy at the centre of the closure.

Our Fisheries and Marine Officers have noted an increase in boat fishing in the protected area recently, and offenders could face fines up to $5,000 or prosecution for breaching the closure.

Boat fishers must ensure they do not anchor, drift or troll through the closed area while fishing to ensure the safety of divers visiting the wreck.

There are plenty of other great fishing opportunities in Geographe Bay, including at the nearby Dunsborough artificial reef, which provides habitat for species such as pink snapper, skippy and Samson fish. We also encourage fishers to be aware of rules around Ngari Capes Marine Park before they hit the water.

We also urge divers who use the HMAS Swan to keep safety top of mind at all times and consider taking advantage of the $200 rebate to WA residents who purchase an approved personal shark deterrent device. 

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