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Code of Conduct for Recreational fishing in the Pilbara

Written by Matt Gillett, 3rd September 2014

Rec Fishers asked to do their bit for the Pilbara

RECFISHWEST has released a new code of conduct for recreational fishing in the Pilbara.

The Pilbara has many unique natural characteristics, and this new code of conduct has been developed to sustain our precious fish resources and minimise the human footprint on the waters of the region.

Focusing on fishing best practice, this code will help protect the environment and enhance the ovrall recreational fishing experience.

The code has been developed by Recfishwest, local fishing clubs and recreational fishers, and funded by a grant from Chevron Australia's Onslow Community Spirit Fund.

Key components include the use of appropriate equipment, such as barbless and circle hooks, lead-free sinkers, biodegradable tackle and fish-friendly landing nets.

Another component is correct fish handling, including minimising time out of the water, and this also ties in neatly to using appropriate release techniques.

Correct catch care and environmental protection are also covered, as are guidelines for accessing fishing locations through pastoral leases.

You can pick up your Pilbara Code of Conduct from our office or from various Pilbara locations including the Karratha Department of Fisheries office, the Onslow general store and various tackle stores in the Pilbara region.      

For a copy of the code please cick on the follinwing link.

Code of Conduct for recreational fishing in the Pilbara.pdf

South West Freshwater Season Open

Written by Matt Gillett, 29th August 2014

Good winter rain in the South West suggests locals and visitors to the region will enjoy good quality freshwater fishing this season.

With almost 500,000 trout fingerlings stocked in South West waterways over winter, fish stocks will be high when the season opens on September 1.

Recfishwest Chief Executive Officer Dr Andrew Rowland said winter rains will see many fishers heading to local rivers and dams from September.


Recfishwest Southern Community Tour

Written by Matt Gillett, 18th August 2014

Recfishwest is holding its Southern Community Tour in 2014. The Recfishwest SunSmart Fishing Clinics will be held in various locations throughout the South West of WA over the September/ October school holidays.

The Fishing Clinics are FREE to the community and is a great activity to get the kids out of the house during school holidays and catching some fish!

Just turn up on the day 30 minutes before start time and register! Maximum of 30 people per clinic (possibly more if using your own fishing gear). Children under 10 require a guardian at all times please.


Welcome to Recfishwest

Recfishwest is the recognised peak recreational fishing body and your voice whenever decisions which affect our fisheries, or access to them, are being made.

We represent and advocate at state and national levels to government, organisations and industry, the best interests of the Western Australian recreational fishing community.