Gordon Hill

Gordon Hill

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    Marron fishing season in 1993

    15/11/1992 12:00 AM
     
     
    Fisheries Minister Gordon Hill says there will be a marron fishing season in Western Australia next year.
     
    It will open on January 9 and continue until February 28.
     
    Mr Hill said research sampling had shown that marron stocks were healthy throughout the South-West, and as a result fishers could look forward to some good catches early in the season.
     
    "The number of just undersize marron left at the end of last season are now over legal size and ready for catching," he said.
     
    "A legal size of 76 mm carapace, and a daily bag limit of 20 marron per fisher will continue to apply as in previous seasons, and drop nets must continue to have 'marron mesh' bases."
     
    Mr Hill said the public response to marron conservation controls during the past three seasons had been excellent.
     
    "Without widespread public support, and a strong fishing conservation ethic among fishers, the marron fishery simply would not survive," he said.
     
    "Marron fishers have led the way in taking community responsibility for our precious marron stocks, so this season we can reap some of the benefits.
     
    "However, I would urge recreational fishers to apply for their marron fishing licences early this year.
     
    "Thousands of licences were issued last season, mostly in the final weeks of December, so to avoid the last minute rush, it would be wise to obtain a licence now."
     
    Required marron fishing licences cost $15 and can be bought from all Australia Post offices or from the Fisheries Department.
     
    The availability of licences through Australia Post should also make it much easier for people living in country areas to obtain them.
     
    Buying a licence this season will also benefit recreational fishing in the long term.
     
    "For the first time, fees from fishing licences issued this year will be redirected into a trust account, to be used for recreational fishing research, education and management programs."
     
    Mr Hill said sporting fishers would also have the opportunity to catch marron in two new areas established to promote the use of a traditional bushman's pole snare and protect juvenile stocks.
     
    "The entire Margaret River and the Harvey River upstream of Harvey Falls will join the Warren River in Warren National Park as 'snaring-only' areas this year," the Minister said.
     
    "Local authorities are fully supportive of the concept, and catching marron with a traditional pole snare is regarded as the most challenging and exciting method of taking marron.
     
    "In fact, 'snaring-only' areas have already proved popular with some fishers, and have considerable potential as an attraction for fishing-based tourism."
     
    Fisheries officers will be on patrol throughout the South-West during the season to monitor the fishery and assist the public.