A WA fishing licence allows you to fish in Western Australia’s waters. The license allows you to enjoy both the commercial and recreational benefits of fishing, including the harvesting edible fish, invertebrates and crustaceans. There are many types of WA licences available, depending on your situation. These include general recreational licences and boating-only licenses, conservation licences and fishing licences for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.
Frequently Asked Questions about WA Fishing Licences
1. What types of WA fishing licenses are available?
These licences are available for purchase in WA:
- Recreational fishing licenses
- Boating-only licenses
- Conservation licences
- Fishing licenses for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fishermen
- Professional fishing licenses
- Tourism and charter licenses
2. How do I obtain a WA Fishing License?
A fishing WA license can be obtained through the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. You can apply online or in person at your local tackle and fishing shop. Online applications are simple and require you to answer a series of questions. You will need to prove your identity and eligibility for free fishing licenses, discounts, DEC certificates, and other specialized licence categories.
3. Can I buy a WA fishing license for someone else?
Yes, you can purchase a WA fishing license for someone else, provided you have the following information.
- Valid photo identification
- Name and address of the holder of the license
- Valid credit card
You will need to provide the details of the purchaser when you purchase a license for someone else.
4. What is the cost of a WA fishing licence?
The cost of a WA fishing licence will vary depending upon the type of license, the age of the holder, the length of the licence and other factors. Below are approximate costs (all prices include GST).
- Temporary recreational fishing license (28-day) $20
- $50 annual recreational fishing license (1 year)
- 3 year recreational fishing license: $110
- 5-year recreational fishing license: $145
- Conservation levy: $5
- Fishing licenses for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fishermen (1 year): $15
- Professional fishing licenses (1 year): $95
5. Are Fishing WA Licenses Transferable?
No, fishing WA licenses cannot be transferred and must be obtained in the names of the person using them.
6. Can I buy a multiyear licence?
Yes, WA offers both 3-year and 5-year licenses. The 3-year license costs $110 and the 5-year licences $145. These licences can be purchased online or at your local tackle and fishing shop.
7. Where can I fish with my Fishing WA Licence
The type of fishing WA license you purchased will determine where you can fish. You can fish in WA’s inland waters and offshore waters. However, certain activities are not allowed. The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development website (DPIRD), provides detailed information about where you are allowed to fish.
8. What is the Maximum Number of Fish I Can Keep?
A recreational fishing WA license allows you to keep a maximum of 10 finfish per day. Information about filleted fish, crustaceans and invertebrates is also available on the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s (DPIRD), website.
9. What if I lose my Fishing WA Licence
You must notify the department if you lose your WA fishing licence. This can be done by submitting a Fishing Licence replacement form, available at any Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development office. Along with the original licencing receipt, you will need to show proof of identity. A $30 replacement fee will be charged.
10. Are Fishing WA Licenses Valid in Other States and Territories?
A WA fishing licence is not valid in other states and territories. You will need to apply for the appropriate licence if you wish to fish in other states or territories.
11. Is there any special equipment required to fish in WA?
You don’t need special equipment to fish in WA. However, it is important to be familiar with the regulations in the area you are fishing in. This includes restrictions on size and gear. Fishing WA also has regulations. These include sunscreen, appropriate clothing, and a personal flotation system (PFD).
12. Is there a limit to the number of fish I can catch?
Yes, you can only take so many fish. This will depend on the species you are fishing and the area. The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s (DPIRD), website has more information on the bag and size limits.
13. Do I need a license to fish in WA waters?
To fish in WA’s waters, you will need a WA fishing licence. The license must be issued in the name and capacity of the person using it. If you are less than 16 years old or older than 65, an exemption is available.
14. Are there any rules I need to follow when fishing in WA?
Yes, it is important to observe the rules and regulations in the area where you fish. This includes gear and size limitations as well as closures for specific species. It is also important to know the rules regarding native species. Some species require special licences for fishing. The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development website has more information.
15. What are the Penalties for Fishing Without a License in WA?
You could be subject to a variety of penalties if you are caught fishing in WA without the proper licence. Depending on the severity of the offense, penalties can range from fines and imprisonment to imprisonment. Before you fish in WA waters, it is important that you have the right licence.