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A comparison of the two garfish species one above the other with robust garfish below

Robust garfish (bottom) – identified by a dark blotch below the dorsal fin and a longer lower tail fin lobe than that of southern garfish (top) – can still be taken. Illustration © R. Swainston/ 

Friday 22 June 2018

Southern garfish still in recovery

The coastal area between Myalup and Lancelin remains closed to the take of southern garfish (top image) until further notice.

This closure applies to both recreational and commercial fishing and was introduced 12 months ago following research that showed a significant decline in the number of southern garfish.

The need for the closure will be reviewed in 2022 following the next garfish stock assessment.

Fishers are still able to take robust garfish (bottom image) from the closed area.

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


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