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Nearshore/estuarine finfish

Moderate vulnerability​. Nearshore and estuarine finfish typically live in the estuary reaches of rivers and/or in the ocean usually in depths of water up to 20 metres.
 
The bag and size limit table below is effective from 1 February 2013, as part of the new Statewide Recreational fishing guide. If fishing from a boat ensure you are familiar with the Recreational Fishing From Boat licence rules.

Bag and size limits

Statewide​
​TOTAL mixed species daily bag limit per fisher 16​
 

Total mixed species daily bag limit:

This is the combined number of neashore/estuarine finfish you can take.

For example, 16 fish = 8 tailor (individual species limit = 8), 4 Western Australian salmon (individual species limit = 4) and 4 snook.

Species​ Minimum legal size​ Individual species daily bag limit​
 
Barramundi illustration
Barramundi
Lates calcarifer​
550 mm
(Max. size 800 mm
recreational fishers only)​
2
Possession
limit = 2

Black bream illustration

Tarwine illustration

Bream, black (pictured top), silver (tarwhine) (pictured bottom), northwest black, yellowfin, etc.
Acanthopagrus spp., Rhabdosargus sarba​

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250 mm
Yellowfin: 300 mm
(Only 2 black bream over 400 mm in
Swan and Canning rivers)​
6
Bonito illustration
Bonito (pictured) and tunas (all species not specifically mentioned in the large pelagic table)
Family Scombridae​

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N/A 8
Catfish illustration
Catfish, marine and estuarine
Families Ariidae and Plotosidae​
Cobbler (pictured):
430 mm – totally protected in Swan and Canning rivers​
8
Chinaman cod illustration
Cod, Chinaman (Charlie Court)
Epinephelus rivulatus
N/A 4
Dart illustration
Dart
Trachinotus spp.​

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N/A 8
Fingermark illustration
Fingermark
Lutjanus johnii​
300 mm​ 4​
Flathead illustration
Flathead
Family Platycephalidae​

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300 mm​ 8​
Smalltoothed flounder illustration
Flounder
Pseudorhombus spp.​

(Pictured: Smalltoothed flounder)

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250 mm​ 8​
Spotted javelin illustration
Javelinfish
Family Haemulidae​

(Pictured: Spotted javelinfish)

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300 mm​ 8​
Painted sweetlips illustration
Sweetlips
Family Haemulidae

(Pictured: Painted sweetlips)

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300 mm​ 8​
Six-spined leatherjacket illustration
Leatherjacket
Family Monacanthidae​

(Pictured: Six-spined leatherjacket)

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250 mm​ 8​
Mulloway illustration
Mulloway (caught primarily south of Exmouth Gulf)
Argyrosomus japonicus​
500 mm​ 2​
Black jewfish illustration
Black jewfish (northern mulloway)
Protonibea diacanthus​
700 mm​ 2​
Mangrove jack illustration
Mangrove jack
Lutjanus argentimaculatus
300 mm​ 2​
Long finned pike illustration
Pike, long finned
Dinolestes lewini​
300 mm​ 8​
Sea sweep illustration
Sea sweep
Scorpis aequipinnis​
N/A​ 4​
Snook illustration
Snook
Family Sphyraenidae​
  

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300 mm​ 8​
Stripey seaperch illustration
Stripey seaperch
Lutjanus carponotatus​
300 mm​ 4​
 
Tailor illustration
Tailor
Pomatomus saltatrix​
300 mm​
(Only 2 fish over 500 mm)
8
Giant threadfin illustration
Threadfin, giant
Polydactylus macrochir
450 mm​ 2​
Blue threadfin illustration
Threadfin, other species
Polydactylus spp.

(Pictured: Blue threadfin)​

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N/A​ 4​
Skipjack trevally illustrationQueenfish illustration
Trevally and queenfish – pictured bottom (all other species not specifically mentioned in these tables except needleskin queenfish and yellowtail scad)
(Pictured top: Skipjack trevally)
Family Carangidae​

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Skipjack: 250 mm​ 8
Tripletail illustration
Tripletail
Lobotes surinamensis​
300 mm​ 2​
Western Australian salmon illustration
Western Australian salmon
Arripis truttaceus​
300 mm​ 4​
King George whiting illustration
Whiting, King George
Sillaginodes punctata​
280 mm​ 12​
female western king wrasse
male western king wrasse
Wrasse and parrotfish
(all other species not specifically mentioned in these tables)
Family Labridae

(Pictured top to bottom: female western king wrasse, male western king wrasse)​

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N/A​ 8​
​​Tables detailing limits for each catetgory can also be accessed through the links below:
  • Nearshore/estuarine finfish ​

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

Last modified: 14/12/2016 4:35 PM

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