New fishing rules to allow Mandurah holidaymakers to keep catch for cooking

The possession of recreationally-caught fish was previously prohibited at all commercial premises that deal with the commercial storage or sale of seafood.
The possession of recreationally-caught fish was previously prohibited at all commercial premises that deal with the commercial storage or sale of seafood.

New rules will allow tourists and locals on holiday in WA to get their recreationally-caught fish cooked up by a chef in their accommodation's restaurant or kitchen.

The possession of recreationally-caught fish was previously prohibited at commercial premises that dealt with the commercial storage or sale of seafood.

The changes apply provided the owner of the fish is staying in the accommodation at the time, the fish are clearly labelled with the owner's name and the fish is prepared for the owner of it.

Accommodation premises will not be able to on-sell the fish or parts of it to other patrons.

WA Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly said with world-class fishing experiences available along WA's coastline, the move would help tourists and travelling locals enjoy the thrill of eating their prized catch while on holiday.

"Tourism Council WA and Australian Hotels Association asked for these changes to come into effect to grow tourism and support local jobs, and we've worked with them to reduce red tape," he said.

"Imagine you've enjoyed a day fishing on WA's coastline and land a fabulous catch.

"With these common sense changes in place, you and your family, or you and your mates, can now share your catch back at your accommodation, cooked by a professional chef.

"We will continue to have a strong compliance regime in place to ensure recreationally-caught fish is not sold or traded to the detriment of the commercial fishing industry and its licensed operators."