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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries

Protected species

​These species are protected and may NOT be taken

Species ​
Grey nurse shark illustration
Grey nurse shark
Carcharius taurus​
Speartooth shark illustration
Speartooth shark
Glyphis spp.​
White shark illustration
White shark
Carcharodon carcharias​
Whale shark illustration
Whale shark
Rhinodon typus​
Humphead Maori wrasse illustration
Humphead Maori wrasse
Cheilinus undulatus​
Potato cod illustration
Potato cod
Epinephelus tukula
Queensland groper illustration
Queensland groper
Epinephelus lanceolatus​
Rays illustration
Rays and skates Hamelin Bay Protection Area only
Superorder Batoidea family​

Black stingray
Dasyatis thetidis
protected from recreational fishing in the South Coast and West Coast Bioregions only


Smooth stingray
Dasyatis brevicaudata
protected from recreational fishing in the South Coast and West Coast Bioregions only

Sawfish illustration
Sawfish all species
Family Pristidae​
Weedy seadragon illustration
Weedy seadragon
Phyllopterxy taeniolatus ​
Leafy seadragon illustration
Leafy seadragon
Phycodurus eques​
Staghorn coral illustration
Coral and live rock
Order Scleractinia 

(Pictured: Staghorn coral)

Trout Minnow illustration

Pouched Lamprey illustration
Salamanderfish illustration

Native freshwater fish species
(from top to bottom)  
Balston’s pygmy perch Nannatherina balstoni
Western trout minnow Galaxias truttaceus
Mud minnow Galaxiella munda
Black-stripe minnow Galaxiella nigrostriata
Pouched lamprey Geotria australis
Salamanderfish Lepidogalaxias salamandroides
Little pygmy perch Nannoperca pygmaea

Prohibitions on the take of totally protected species apply to both commercial and recreational fishers. Some other species (such as smooth and black stingrays) are recreationally protected fish, as stated.

Some species may also be protected under Commonwealth legislation.

​​Tables detailing limits for each catetgory can also be accessed through the links below:
  • Totally protected species​

Illustrations © R. Swainston/

Last modified: 20/04/2015 9:24 AM

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