Fishers obey marron rules, say officers

Jacinta CantatoreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
The season for the highly sought-after crustacean opened at noon on January 8 and will close at noon on February 5.
Camera IconThe season for the highly sought-after crustacean opened at noon on January 8 and will close at noon on February 5.

Fisheries officers have commended marron fishers for sticking to the bag, size and gear restrictions this season.

A Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development spokesman said department officers had spoken to hundreds of recreational fishers around the Harvey and Collie area and said most people were doing the right thing.

The season for the highly sought-after crustacean opened at noon on January 8 and will close at noon on February 5.

“Compliance has been good and so has the fishing for many people out enjoying this unique South West experience,” he said.

“Quite a few fishers have been able to achieve their bag limit, which indicates that marron are available at the popular fishing spots.”

More than 10,000 recreational marron fishing licenses have been issued for the season, and while the majority of people have been following the rules, several fishers have been fined. “Five infringements of $400 have been issued at Harvey Dam for gear-related offences,” the spokesman said.

These offences were related to using fishing equipment which did not comply with the Harvey Dam’s status as a trophy water area.

“Trophy waters are within 500m of the high water mark of Harvey Dam, Waroona Dam and the Hutt River.”

Five infringements were also issued in the Collie area to fishers setting marron fishing gear before noon on January 8.

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development director of aquatic resource management Nathan Harrison said fishing for marron was an experience unique to WA.

“This popular freshwater crustacean is only found in the southern half of WA,” Mr Harrison said.

“The opportunity to catch marron in the wild is an experience unique to WA.”

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