WA fishers urged to follow government guidelines

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WA Premier Mark McGowan announced laws are being drafted to restrict non-essential travel between regions to protect regional WA. Image: Patrick Linehan

WESTERN Australia's recreational fishing peak body Recfishwest is urging all WA fishers to take responsibility during the COVID-19 crisis.

Recfishwest said in a statement published on its website and social media channels: "We all love fishing and its value for mental health and well-being is greater than ever right now with it providing many in our community a much-needed break during these stressful times.

"Social distancing rules for outdoors state that you must maintain 1.5m of space (4m2) between yourself and another person during non-essential activities. The 1.5m rule applies to boat and land-based fishing. It does not apply to members of your family or household."

WA fishing holidays and regional travel plans to go on hold

Recently, the WA Premier Mark McGowan announced laws are being drafted to restrict non-essential travel between regions to protect regional WA.

“Please stop your holidays, stay home – just do your essential stuff,” said the Premier.

The announcement was made at a time when many were looking forward to fishing trips or holiday plans to regional WA for Easter.

Recfishwest has also postponed its Albany Salmon Spectacular 2020 event due to take place over the Easter holidays and said recreational fishing will be essential in the coronavirus recovery period.

"It is essential for everyone to put the health of our community, especially those most vulnerable, first. We each have to do our part as West Aussies to get through to the other side – when recfishing will have a huge part to play in the social, well-being and economic recovery of this great state of ours."

For more information: recfishwest.org.au

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