No need for a licence on Gone Fishing Day

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Recreational fishers in Two Rocks won’t need a licence to fish on Gone Fishing Day on Sunday, October 15. Picture: Anita McInnes

RECREATIONAL fishers in Two Rocks and Guilderton can go fishing licence-free on October 15, to mark the second-ever national Gone Fishing Day.

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly said the special day would allow recreational fishers to cast a line, even if from a boat, without the need for a recreational fishing licence.

Gone Fishing Day started in 2016 to celebrate the great fishing experiences WA has to offer.

Recfishwest through the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund has provided $500 grants for fishing clubs and groups to run fishing workshops, information sessions, community fishing clinics and other events promoting recreational fishing.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has also delayed the start of the 2017 west coast bioregion demersal finfish closure by one day, to enable people to fish for special species, such as dhufish and pink snapper, on national Gone Fishing Day.

Recreational fishing rules such as bag boat, size and possession limits still apply as does existing recreational fishing closures, including the existing closure on fishing for pink snapper in the Cockburn and Warnbro sounds.

For more information visit https://gonefishingday.org and http://www.fish.wa.gov.au