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Close up of a baldchin groper facing the camera
Baldchin groper is one of the species protected by the seasonal closure to demersal finfish fishing in the West Coast Bioregion. Photo: Shannon Conway.
Friday 13 October 2017

Time-out for demersal fish

​This year’s West Coast Bioregion closure to fishing for demersal finfish runs from Monday 16 October to 15 December 2017 (inclusive).

This annual seasonal closure has been delayed by one day this year, to encourage participation in the second national Gone Fishing Day on 15 October.

More than 100 demersal finfish species are off limits during the two-month closure, including popular ones such as dhufish, pink snapper and baldchin groper.

If you happen to catch a demersal finfish from a boat or from shore while fishing for other species during the closure, it must be returned to the water as soon as possible.

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.

Anyone who has information on illegal fishing activities is asked to call FishWatch on 1800 815 507.

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