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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
Tuesday 22 February 2022

Prohibition on use of wire trace

​New legislation has been introduced which prohibits fishing with wire trace at Port Beach and Leighton Beach. This prohibition will discourage fishing for large sharks in these waters, amid concerns from local residents that such practices may be attracting sharks close to popular swimming beaches. The new rule complements the existing ban on shark fishing in the adjacent Cottesloe Fish Habitat Protection Area, as well as the state-wide prohibition on the use of mammal and bird products, such as blood and offal, as berley.

For more information, read the Prohibition on Fishing (Wire Trace) Order 2022.

The waters of the new wire trace prohibition are shown in red on the map below.


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