Gordon Hill

Gordon Hill

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    Reminder that marron fishing season starts January 9

    3/01/1993 12:00 AM
     
     
    Fisheries Minister Gordon Hill has reminded fishers that Western Australia's marron fishing season begins on January 9.
     
    The season will continue until February 28.
     
    Mr Hill said licensed fishers could look forward to some good catches early in the season, as research sampling had revealed that marron stocks were healthy throughout the South-West.
     
    "Undersized marron left alone at the end of last season are now over legal size and ready to be caught," he said.
     
    "A legal size of 76mm carapace (head) length, and a daily bag limit of 20 marron per licensed fisher will continue to apply as in previous seasons.  Drop nets must continue to have 'marron mesh' bases."
     
    Mr Hill said the fishing public should be congratulated for their responsible approach to conservation controls during the past three seasons.
     
    "Without widespread public support, and a strong fishing conservation ethic amongst fishers, the marron fishery could not survive," he said.
     
    So far, almost 7,500 marron fishing licences have been issued by the Fisheries Department, but more applications are expected as the season draws closer.
     
    Licences cost $15 and can be obtained from all Australia Post offices or directly from the Fisheries Department.
     
    Mr Hill said for the first time, fees from fishing licences would be re-directed into a trust account, to be used for recreational fishing research, education and management programs.
     
    He added that two new 'snaring-only' areas would be created this season 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," he said.
     
    "The Shannon River, south of Shannon Dam remains a 'snaring-only' area.
     
    "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.