Hon Don Punch BPsych BSocwk MBA MLA

Hon Don Punch BPsych BSocwk MBA MLA

Minister for Disability Services; Fisheries; Seniors and Ageing; Small Business

    FishWatch reporting service goes online

    4/10/2022 10:00 AM
    • Reports of illegal fishing activity can now be made online via Crimestoppers
    • The new FishWatch online platform is in addition to the existing 24-hour hotline

    Anyone who spots suspicious fishing activity in Western Australian waters can now access a new online service to make a report.


    The fishing, boating and beachcombing community have an important role to play in helping protect the state's oceans and waterways.


    The new online FishWatch platform allows users to provide detailed illegal fishing tip-offs, such as car and boat registrations, times, dates and locations.


    There is also an option to include supporting photos or screenshots.


    This information will help the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development tackle illegal fishing behaviour which harms fish, impacts the marine environment and undermines the experience of responsible fishers.


    Members of the public can make a report at the CrimeStoppers website www.crimestopperswa.com.au/organisation-report/ by clicking on the department link.


    This will complement the existing FishWatch 24-hour hotline, which remains available on free call 1800 815 507.


    Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Don Punch:


    "If you see or hear about fishing activity that isn't quite right, make a report through the new FishWatch online reporting service or use the 24-hour hotline.


    "This may include someone netting where they shouldn't be, exceeding their bag limits, taking undersized fish, fishing in a closed area or attempting to sell recreationally-caught fish.


    "With technology now constantly at our fingertips - even on the water - photos, videos or screenshots can be quickly uploaded to this online reporting service and provide valuable leads to assist our officers investigate and stop illegal fishing activities.


    "Past reports to FishWatch have resulted in successful apprehensions, so by reporting what you see, you will assist us in protecting WA's fish resources for future generations."


    Minister's office - 6552 6900