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Aerial view of the Pelsaert group of islands in the Abrolhos

​The Pelsaert group of islands at the Abrolhos

Monday 30 January 2017

Reminder for boaters going to Abrolhos

Visitors to the Abrolhos Islands are reminded to be aware of the fishing rules for the region when heading to this popular destination in the coming months.

The upcoming long weekend in March and the Easter holidays are  likely to attract many visitors to the islands.

The Master of any vessel travelling to the Abrolhos Fish Habitat Protection Area must notify us prior to their visit. This can easily be done through our online notification form.

Those planning to go to recreational fishing at the Abrolhos needed to be aware of the specific fishing rules that operate at the islands. While the annual three month seasonal closure to the take of baldchin groper (covering all of November, December and January) ends this week, other rules still apply.

There are different possession limits in the Abrolhos; fishers are only allowed to have 10 kg of fish fillets or one day’s bag limit.

Boat owners are also urged to clean their vessel’s hull before heading to the Abrolhos to prevent the introduction of exotic marine pests to the islands. This is particularly important for boats normally penned in the Batavia Marina at Geraldton.  

Information on fishing and boating, including mooring, at the islands is available in the Houtman Abrolhos Information Guide.

More details. 

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