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Take part in the inaugural national Gone Fishing Day

Posted on: October 14, 2016

rec-fishing-01This Sunday, October 16th, is the first ever national Gone Fishing Day. More than 750,000 West Australian’s enjoy recreational fishing each year and Gone Fishing Day aims to encourage as many people as possible to participate in fishing.

While the need to have a licence to participate in some fishing activities has been relaxed for the day and the West Coast demersal scalefish closure has been delayed by 48 hours, everyone is reminded that all other normal fishing rules still apply, including all other existing closures.

To get your students ready for Gone Fishing Day, check out some of our recreational fishing lesson plans? Start with Planning a Safe Fishing Trip, where students learn about identifying the risks associated with recreational fishing and develop a safe fishing plan for a fishing excursion. Some of the factors they get to consider include weather, tides, personal safety, boating safety and rock fishing safety.

Having planned a safe fishing trip, students can also learn about the recreational fishing rules in the Fishing for the Future lesson plan. In Activity 1, students will learn how the Department of Fisheries manages our marine waters into four broad biological regions or ‘bioregions’. Armed with an understanding of the four bioregions, in Activity 3, students will learn to interpret recreational fishing information and practice applying size and bag limits to a ‘catch’, just in time for Gone Fishing Day!

For more information about the day including a big family fishing event in Perth organised by Recfishwest, visit the Gone Fishing Day website.

If you would like hard copy recreational fishing materials for use in your classroom, drop us line here. Follow us on Facebook Fisheries Division Woodside Energy