This interactive activity gives students an overview of some of the fisheries management tools the Department applies to recreational fishing activity to sustainably manage our aquatic resources.

Duration: 1 hour

The role of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is to conserve, develop sustainably and share the use of the State’s aquatic resources and their ecosystems for the benefit of present and future generations. To do this, the Department must manage the fishing activity of recreational, commercial, and customary fishers.

In Western Australia, recreational fishing is a popular past time, with over 600,000 people participating in recreational fishing each year. Unlike managing animal populations on land, it is much harder to see the impact that this fishing activity has on fish populations. Therefore, the Department uses fisheries management tools, based on the biology and health of each individual fished species, to ensure the impact of recreational fishing is sustainable.

This activity asks students to complete several activities that expose students to the range of fisheries management tools the Department uses to ensure fish for the future.

Cost $5.00 per student

Activity outline:

In the Fisheries Management activity, students participate in five activities that introduce them to practices encouraged and/or enforced by the Department to ensure the sustainability of Western Australia’s fisheries. Students will explore the rules and regulations recreational fishers must follow and make connections between these rules and their role in ensuring Western Australia’s recreational fisheries are sustainable.

Through the completion of these activities, students will be able to:

  • Use resources developed by the Department and other bodies to identify individual fish and other marine and their restrictions.
  • Apply recreational fishing rules such as bag limits, size limits, and seasonal and area closures to fish and invertebrate species to determine legal daily catches.
  • Describe the factors used to determine whether various types of fishing gear promote best practice for sustainable recreational fishing.
  • Explain how the limits placed upon recreational fishing by the Department are based on modern fisheries science, such as understanding age structure and the biology of marine species.

Pre-excursion and post-excursion resources:

You may wish to use the following resources that introduce and apply the principles of fisheries management in your classroom before or after your excursion.

The excursion activities are centred around key Western Australia fisheries. You can use the related resources to deepen student’s understanding of the biology of the species these key fisheries are centred around and connect these to the species’ recreational fishing limits.