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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
Friday 31 March 2023

Demersal fishing reopens 1 April

Demersal fishing in the West Coast Bioregion reopens from 1 April 2023 for four months. Recfishers will be able to fish for demersal species between Kalbarri and Augusta until 31 July.​​

New bag, boat and size limit rules are in place to help ensure the fishery is sustainable.

Under the new recreational rules for the West Coast Bioregion, there is a boat limit of four demersal scalefish per boat, gear restrictions and the removal of size limits for WA dhufish, baldchin groper and breaksea cod, which have high post-release mortality rates.

Land-based line fishing for demersal scalefish is permitted year-round with bag and size limits applying.

Read the media release​ or find out more at or in the updated recreational fishing guide.​ 

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