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Unattended squid lines are illegal and have a devastating impact on local populations ​
Monday 22 May 2017

Watch out for squid set-lines

Unattended fishing lines are illegal and impact the sustainability of local fish and squid stocks.

Despite ongoing education about the impacts of unattended squid lines, our Fisheries and Marine Officers continue to find set lines, particularly in the Esperance area.

If several unattended lines are set in one location, squid may even be fished out of an area due to the effectiveness of the method. 

In addition, as the lines are sometimes left in the water for extended periods, a squid hooked on the jig may die and then be consumed by other fish or squid, which subsequently become hooked themselves.

When left unattended, fishing lines are classified as commercial fishing gear, and can only be deployed from a commercial fishing vessel.

Fines start at $200 and can extend up to $2,000 depending on the circumstances and the seriousness of the offence.​

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

For more information see our recreational fishing rules.

You can also download our Recreational fishing guide or pick up a copy of the guide from our offices and participating information outlets. 

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