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A potato cod - a protected species - swimming in its natural environment.

Species like this potato cod are totally protected from recreational fishing. Photo: Shannon Conway

Monday 11 April 2016

Call to quickly release protected fish

Fisheries and Marine Officers are urging recreational fishers to release any protected fish quickly, causing them as little harm as possible. 

Fish that are under minimum or over maximum size limits are protected – and that includes some sharks. 

Following recent reports of captures of large tiger sharks, recreational fishers need to be aware that for whaler sharks, which includes tiger sharks, in the West Coast and South Coast bioregions, there is a maximum size limit of 70 centimetres from the front of the dorsal fin on top of the shark to the back of the smaller rear dorsal fin.

These larger sharks accumulate high levels of heavy metals in their flesh and eating them is potentially damaging to your health. So please return any you might catch to the water.

A range of species are protected from fishing across all Western Australian waters regardless of size. For example, smooth and black stingrays are protected in the West Coast and South Coast bioregions – north of Kalbarri down and around to the WA/SA border.

If you catch one accidentally, you must return it to the water immediately.

For advice on returning fish to the water causing them the least harm possible, see Recfishwest’s Fish Welfare Code of Conduct for Recreational Fishing in Western Australia.

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