Recreational fishing rules, limits and licences

To protect the Western Australian marine environment there are rules and regulations that need to be followed for recreational fishing, you also need to apply for a licence.
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To help keep Western Australian fish resources sustainable, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) have developed a comprehensive set of rules for recreational fishers.

Most statewide fishing rules can be found online at where you can search by species and location.

Detailed information is also available in our recreational fishing guides, which includes bag and size limits for the main species you are likely to catch throughout WA.

Fishing rules also apply to licensed fisheries and some rules apply to recreational fishing in Western Australian bioregions.

You should also be aware of rules for Marine Protected Areas and for individual species.

These rules form part of DPIRDs management strategies, which are based on ongoing research monitoring of Western Australian fish and aquatic resources.