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Bag limit of three pelagic fish per day at Abrolhos Islands reinstated by Fisheries Minister

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The original pelagic fishing limit at the Abrolhos Islands has been reinstated.
Camera IconThe original pelagic fishing limit at the Abrolhos Islands has been reinstated. Credit: Geraldton Guardian

Mid West fishers can rejoice with the three-bag limit of mackerel and tuna at the Abrolhos Islands being reinstated.

Fisheries Minister Don Punch announced in December last year changes to reduce the catch of demersal scalefish by decreasing the bag limit to only one pelagic fish per day at the Abrolhos.

The fishing community around the area was left puzzled as there was no population issue, with the fish in abundance around the Abrolhos Islands.

Recfishwest CEO Dr Andrew Rowland said constructive talks with the Fisheries Minister led to the original bag limit being reinstated.

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“We are glad that common sense has prevailed and Recfishwest is looking forward to seeing fishers rightfully enjoy the full benefits of the pelagic sport fishing opportunities available throughout the Abrolhos Islands,” Dr Rowland said.

“Generations of fishers have travelled to the islands for the fantastic sportfishing opportunities on offer, so this is great news.

“This change was also inconsistent with the overall push to develop greater sportfishing opportunities to support the recovery of demersal scalefish species along the west coast.”

The minister’s office was contacted for comment.

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