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