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​With higher numbers of boats at the Abrolhos during holiday periods, it is all the more critical that boat masters inform us of their intention to visit

Thursday 6 April 2017

Plan ahead if you are visiting the Abrolhos

​The Abrolhos Islands provide excellent fishing opportunities, but make sure you are aware of the fishing rules that apply and relevant visitor information before you make your trip to the islands.

For public safety and to ensure the environmental values of the islands are protected, all boat skippers intending to travel to the Abrolhos are required to fill in an online notification form.

You should also be aware there is a Fish Habitat Protection Area (FHPA) in place around the islands, which includes no fishing areas, to ensure this iconic aquatic ecosystem is conserved.

Where fishing is permitted, there is a wide array of finfish species that fishers target, including West Australian dhufish, pink snapper, coral trout and baldchin groper.

The quality of fishing for these species at the islands can be exceptional, but remember there is a different finfish possession limit to other WA fishing locations at the Abrolhos Islands −10 kg of finfish fillets or one day’s bag limit of whole fish per fisher.

If you’re fishing for some of the islands sought-after western rock lobster, there are also specific rules that apply in the Abrolhos.

For example, lobster pots must be fitted with a sea lion exclusion device if you are fishing within the Southern and Easter groups of the islands.

All boat owners travelling to the Abrolhos are urged to clean their vessels’ hulls before heading to the Abrolhos to prevent the introduction of exotic marine pests to the islands.

Familiarise yourself with all the rules that apply at the islands, including where the no fishing areas are located, using our Abrolhos Islands Information Guide

Last modified: 11/04/2017 8:54 AM

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