Fishing Ban

Reporter: Graeme Butler

For recreational fishers in W.A it's the ultimate story about the one that got away. Their right to fish for prized fish in much of our waters has gone.

The decision is to ban fishing for Dhufish, Pink Snapper, Baldchin Groper, Breaksea Cod and Red Snapper in the West Coast Bioregion from October 15 and 25 December this year increasing from 1 October to January 31, 2010.

Fisheries minister John Ford insists the closures are reflective of scientific research pointing to a worrying decline in fish stocks. The minister says the closure mightn't be popular with some people but he believes it was the only way to go but recreational fishers like Andrew Matthews are furious. He says a seasonal closure for recreational fishers is a joke when commercial fisherman and potentially charter boat operators are free to go and catch the same species of fish.

The recreational fishers say the closure plan is doomed because the species in question regularly suffer what's called 'barotrauma'; a sort of bends for fish. It means that once caught, they often don't survive re-release.

For Information about the changes to fishing regulations

Go to http://www.fish.wa.gov.au/

Or call Department of fisheries on 08 9482 7333