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Responsible Fishing Practices

Perth Scuba promotes responsible fishing practices at all times. Recreational fishers – including divers – are encouraged to adopt the following set of guidelines to minimise impact on the environment and other members of the community.

This Port Jackson shouldn't have been killed - Be a responsible fisher Image by Andrew Bray

This Port Jackson shouldn’t have been killed – Be a responsible fisher.
Image by Andrew Bray

  • Reduce wildlife injuries by attending your fishing lines. If you’re diving and find fishing line, remove it and dispose of it correctly – in a bin!
  • Only catch sufficient fish for your immediate needs. Release all others using best practice catch and release techniques. Remember all fish, including scavengers, are important to the ecosystem.
  • If you retain your catch, dispatch all fish and invertebrates swiftly and humanely. It is recommended that you do not hold the fish in keeper nets before they are dispatched. To avoid wastage always chill your catch immediately with ice.
  • Dispose of all litter and fish waste responsibly.
  • Be considerate of others and keep noise to a minimum, especially in residential areas. Consider other users (eg swimmers, boaters etc) and act responsibly in their presence. ALWAYS use a dive flag when diving, and attach a yellow/orange strobe to your flag when night diving.
  • Use environmentally friendly fishing tackle such as lead alternative sinkers, biodegradable line, and non-stainless hooks where possible.
  • Act responsibly when you have reached your bag limit and you remain in the fishing grounds. Ensure any additional fish caught have the best chance of survival on release. If you are fishing in deep water, consider moving to a different location to reduce potential discard mortality. If you’re spear fishing, ensure you know what the size limit is and take into account your fish looks bigger underwater than it really is when you take it home!
  • Do not interfere with commercial fishing activities or commercial fishing gear. We may call them a shopping trolley for a laugh but we DO NOT take anything from commercial or recreational fishers pots. It’s illegal and it’s just plane RUDE.
  • Be safe when you fish and do not take any undue risks. Low on air? No crayfish is worth your life, your family and friends would prefer you home safe and sound than a crayfish dinner.
  • If you suspect illegal fishing activity contact your local fisheries office, click here for contact details.
  • Make sure you have the appropriate fishing licence for your activity, click here for further details.

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