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Man holding a large dhufish that he has caught

​Using a release weight can help to maximise the survival rate of fish being released.

Monday 15 January 2018

Remember it's two for dhu

For many they’re the jewel in the crown of WA recreational fishing – but it’s vital fishers stick to the boat limit of two dhufish in the West Coast Bioregion to ensure there will be plenty of this iconic fish for the future.

The boat limit is a maximum number of a certain fish species or group of fish species that may be on a boat, or attached to a boat at any one time. This applies regardless of how long the vessel is at sea.

So, in the West Coast Bioregion, you can have a maximum of two dhufish on board at any one time. However, if the vessel is a powered boat, and only one person on board holds a Recreational Fishing from Boat Licence, only the individual bag limit of one dhufish can be taken.

The boat limit of two dhufish was one of a number of measures introduced to help reduce pressure on overfished demersal finfish to allow their stocks to recover.

If you are boat fishing for demersal species in the West Coast Bioregion you must have a release weight on board to return unwanted and undersize fish as quickly and safely as possible. Using a release weight can help to maximise the survival rate of fish being released.

But fishers should also consider moving spots and fishing for other species once they’ve taken their legal limit to minimise capturing and harming other dhufish that would have to be returned anyway.

For more information see our recreational fishing rules.

You can also download our Recreational fishing guide in booklet size or the A4 print-friendly version.

Last modified: 15/01/2018 4:19 PM

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