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Demersal finfish

High vulnerability – long-lived and slow-growing. Demersal finfish generally live on or near the ocean floor usually at depths of more than 20 metres.

The bag and size limit table below is effective from 1 February 2013, as part of the new Statewide Recreational fishing guide 2013.  If fishing from a boat, ensure you are familiar with the Recreational Fishing From Boat licence rules

Bag and size limits

West Coast Bioregion​ South Coast, Gascoyne, North Coast bioregions​
TOTAL mixed species daily bag limit per fisher
 
This is the combined number of demersal finfish you can take.​

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2​

5​

Closed season​ 15 Oct15 Dec (inclusive)​ No demersal closed season in these bioregions.​
 

Individual species daily bag limit per fisher
This is the maximum number of individual species you may take within your total mixed bag limit.

Individual
species daily
bag limit​ ​
Species​ ​ Minimum legal size​
West
Coast
Other
bioregions​
​Baldchin groper illustration
​Baldchin groper
Choerodon rubescens
 
400 mm​ 2​ 3​

Tuskfish illustration

Tuskfish
Choerodon spp.

(Pictured: Blackspot tuskfish)

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Blackspot and
blue tuskfish:
400 mm​
​​ ​ ​
2​ ​ ​ 3​ ​ ​
Barramundi cod illustration
Barramundi cod
Cromileptes altivelis​
N/A​ 2​ 3​
Blue morwong illustration
Blue morwong (queen snapper)
Nemadactylus valenciennesi​
410 mm​ 2​ 3​
Boarfish illustration
Boarfish
Paristiopterus spp.​

(Pictured: Giant boarfish)

N/A​ 2​ 3​
breaksea cod illustrationorange-spotted illustration
orange-spotted illustration
Cods
Family Serranidae
 
All species including harlequin fish except Chinaman cod

(Pictured top to bottom: breaksea cod, estuary cod, Malabar cod)

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Estuary cod: 400 mm
 
Breaksea cod: 300 mm
 
Estuary and Malabar cod over
1,000 mm or 30 kg
are protected (recreational fishers only)​
2​ 3​
coral trout illustrationbarcheek coral trout illustrationvernicular cod illustration
Coral trout 
Plectropomus spp.

(Pictured top to bottom: coral trout, barcheek coral trout, vermicular cod)

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450 mm​ 1​ 1​
Coronation trout illustration
Coronation trout
Variola louti​
N/A​ 1​ 1​
Dhufish illustration
Dhufish, West Australian
Glaucosoma hebraicum​
500 mm
West Coast: boat limit of 2 dhufish
(6 on charter)​
1​ 1​
Dory, John illustration
Dory, John
Zeus faber​
N/A​ 2​ 3​
Dory, mirror illustration
Dory, mirror
Zenopsis nebulosa​
N/A​ 2​ 3​
spangled emperor illustration
Emperors and seabream
Family Lethrinidae
 
All species including spangled emperor (pictured), red throat and Robinson’s sea bream except blue-lined emperor (black snapper)

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Spangled: 410 mm
 
Other emperor: 280 mm​
2​ 3​
blue-lined emperor illustration
Emperor, blue-lined (black snapper)
Lethrinus laticaudis​
320 mm​ 2​ 5
Foxfish illustration
Foxfish
Bodianus spp.​

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N/A​ 2​ 3
PigFish illustration
Pigfish
Bodianus spp.

(Pictured: Goldspot pigfish)

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N/A​ 2​ 3
Hapuku illustration
Hapuku
Polyprion oxygeneios​
N/A​ 2​ 3
Bass groper illustration
Bass groper
Polyprion americanus​
N/A​ 2​ 3
Trevalla illustration
Trevalla
Family Centrolophidae

(Pictured: Blue-eyed trevalla)

N/A​ 2​ 3
Redfish illustration
Red snapper (Bight redfish – pictured, swallowtail)
Family Berycidae​

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300 mm​

2​

N/A

Except for the South Coast where you may take 8 Bight redfish and 8 swallowtail, PLUS mixed daily bag limit of 5 other demersal finfish. 

Pearl perch illustration
Pearl perch
Glaucosoma spp. (other than Glaucosoma hebraicum – West Australian dhufish)
N/A​ 2​ 3
Pink snapper illustration

 

Pink snapper
Pagrus auratus​

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500 mm
West Coast Bioregion; south of
31˚S latitude
(just north of Lancelin)
and inner gulfs of
Shark Bay.
 
Shark Bay only:
max 700 mm.
2​
2
(Shark Bay)​
All other areas: 410 mm
2​ 3
red emperor illustrationruby snapper illustrationgoldband illustration
Tropical snappers and
sea perch
Family Lutjanidae
 
All species including red emperor (top), crimson sea perch, scarlet sea perch, ruby snapper (middle) and goldband (bottom) except fingermark, mangrove jack, stripey seaperch​

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Red emperor: 410 mm 2​ 3
Western blue groper illustration
Western blue groper
Achoerodus gouldii​
500 mm​ 1​ 1

​​Tables detailing limits for each catetgory can also be accessed through the links below:
  • ​Demersal finfish

Illustrations © R. Swainston/www.anima.net.au

Last modified: 31/10/2013 1:30 PM

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