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WA’s marron season set to open swimmingly

Licensed fishers will be able to hit the water from this weekend to take part in WA’s highly anticipated marron season for 2022.

More than 10,000 fishers have licenses for the four week stint, opening at midday this Saturday and running until Saturday February 5.

The limited season is designed to help manage the species and ensure the highly valued fishery remains sustainable.

Licensed fishers will be able to hit the water from this weekend to take part in WA’s highly anticipated marron season for 2022.
Camera IconLicensed fishers will be able to hit the water from this weekend to take part in WA’s highly anticipated marron season for 2022. Credit: Peter Maloney/DPIRD Photographer Peter Maloney

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) Director, Nathan Harrison says the seasons is looking promising.

“Catches for this season are expected to be about the same as 2021. The fishery is also being supported by a stocking initiative, with 70,000 marron released into two dams in the past year.” Mr Harrison said.

DPIRD researches have also labelled a number of marron across multiple dams with yellow ‘spaghetti’ tags. Provided they’re above the minimum legal size these can be kept within the relevant limits.

Licensed fishers will be able to hit the water from this weekend to take part in WA’s highly anticipated marron season for 2022.
Camera IconLicensed fishers will be able to hit the water from this weekend to take part in WA’s highly anticipated marron season for 2022. Credit: Peter Maloney/DPIRD Photographer Peter Maloney

Authorities are asking fishers to report any tagged catches to them via email or phone.

Education officers from DPIRD will be out in the area during the season to provide information, while compliance officers will also be present ensuring catches are within rules.

The once a year season is a real treat for those who get involved – giving them the chance to getaway with family and friends and explore WA’s South West.

The reminder for participants is to enjoy, but take care.

“Western Australian recreational fishers are lucky that every year, for a limited season, they have the chance to catch marron in the wild, along tree-lined rivers, or from popular irrigation dam locations and enjoy the unique experience this sustainably managed fishery offers,” Mr Harrison added.

“So, stay safe, stick to the rules and have fun this season enjoying your marron catches.”

Marron waters for licensed fishers include:

Collie River (upstream of the Australind Bypass Road and downstream of the Wellington Dam wall, and upstream of the Mungalup Road Bridge);

Deep, Gardner, Warren, Donnelly,Blackwood, Capel and Preston river sand their tributaries;

Moore and Hutt rivers and their tributaries; and

Murray River (upstream from the Pinjarra weir).

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