People often marvel to see large rays gliding through the shallows along our coast during summer and autumn, and some species need extra protection because of their interaction with humans in popular holiday and fishing areas.
The inquisitive, often placid and residential nature of these rays, as well as the opportunity to see them at close quarters, adds to the overall enjoyment of the outdoor experience, such that they have become valued by both local communities and tourists.
All rays and skates are totally protected in Hamelin Bay and the black stingray and smooth stingray are protected from recreational fishing in the West Coast and South Coast bioregions. If caught, these fish must be released immediately without being harmed.
Black and smooth stingrays tend to be the main species that aggregate around fish cleaning stations, which is why they have become protected. They look similar to other ray species, so carefully identify any rays you catch as taking a totally protected fish can attract a significant fine.
For more information see our recreational fishing rules.
You can also download our Recreational fishing identification guide and Recreational fishing guide or pick up a copy of both guides from our offices and participating information outlets.