This interactive session gives students as overview of how Western Australian fisheries are managed.

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.

In Western Australia, over 600,000 people participate in recreational fishing each year. Unlike managing animal populations on land, it is much harder to see the impact that this has on fish populations.

There are a number of rules and regulations that recreational fishers have to remember when going fishing. These are designed to ensure that fisheries in Western Australia are sustainable and that we have fish for the future.

Fishing rules can be applied in different ways depending on the type of fishery. They are designed to limit the total catch and protect fish at vulnerable stages in their lifecycle, or totally protect vulnerable or rare species. This can be achieved through size and bag limits, licences, seasonal and area closures, restricting the type of fishing gear or totally protecting certain species of fish at risk.

In this activity, students will try their hand at our fishing game and observe the effects of fishing pressure on our fish stocks, and how management and science play an important role in conserving them.

Cost $5.00 per student

 

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Recreational fishing rules