Western Australia has a fantastic array of fish along its more than 12,800 km coastline and in its inland waters, providing superb angling and eating opportunities for Western Australians and visitors.
To ensure the quality and sustainability of our precious fish resources, it is essential for recreational fishers to act responsibly by adhering to the recreational fishing rules and returning any fish caught that are under or over size and sticking to bag limits.
Encouragingly, there is a growing trend of recreational fishers to practice catch and release, or take only enough fish for a meal.
Whether you chose to release the fish you catch, or need to in order to adhere to the rules, there are a number of things you can do to ensure their healthy return to the water.
However, if you decide to keep your fish, they need to be killed quickly and humanely. You can also take steps to maintain the freshness of your catch and to keep waste to a minimum when preparing them for the table.
Our ‘Catch care – tips for recreational fishers’ brochure includes lots of information about catching and preparing your fish.