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A friendly Fisheries Officer prepares to inspect a small boat at sea

Tuesday 26 July 2016

Meet our friendly Fisheries officers

​Our Fisheries and Marine Officers patrol jetties, beaches and boat ramps to help keep WA’s fisheries healthy so everyone can enjoy them.

The role our officers play in protecting our marine environment is quite diverse; promoting fishing rules and management through talks to schools and community groups, assisting with search and rescue operations, helping manage biosecurity risks and collecting biological data for research programs.

Maintaining regular contact with the fishing community and promoting awareness of fishing rules is a vital part of the officers’ role and they welcome any questions you may have about the rules, such as bag and size limits and closed areas.

However, their patrol work also involves detecting illegal fishing activities and, when necessary, prosecuting people who break the rules.

Fishers need to be aware that there are no ‘first-time’ warnings given by our Fisheries and Marine Officers and a serious first-time offence can result in hefty fines.

Fishers who commit serious breaches may also forfeit any fishing gear involved, even their boats and their fishing licence – a very costly fishing day out.

Sticking to the rules means you will avoid getting fined, but more importantly it will help ensure there are plenty of fish for the future.

Anyone who has information on illegal fishing activities is asked to call Fishwatch on 1800 815 507. Fishing rules information can be found in our latest Recreational fishing guide, available from our offices and information outlets.

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