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Mobile fisheries patrols ramp up in WA

The West Australian Government this week officially unveiled a 4WD fleet it deployed back in July for use in mobile fisheries compliance patrol.

WA Fisheries Minister Norman Moore said, “The State Government has effectively quadrupled the number of mobile compliance units available across WA to monitor recreational fishing activity.

“These mobile patrols will now have four-wheel-drives, equipped with high-tech communications equipment, to assist Fisheries and Marine Officers (FMOs) in general monitoring work.

“They will also help officers respond quickly to illegal fishing reports.”

Adding six mobile compliance patrols to the two already operating was a significant step, Moore said.

In addition to reaching remote locations along WA’s coast or inland fisheries to check on activity, the mobile patrols are to provide an educational role in regards to sustainability rules and reinforcing the “fish for the future” message.

Fisheries officers will be checking anglers for appropriate licences and ensuring bag and boat limits and closed areas are not breached.

Since WA’s new licensing system was introduced in early March about 72,500 new Recreational Fishing from Boat licences have been issued.

For more information WA fishing regulations visit: www.fish.wa.gov.au

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