Maron Season

New Chum to WA fishing. When is Marron Season, how many and best way to catch them and where to get licence.


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Marron Info

Sun, 2006-12-10 20:39

From the department of fisheries site:
http://www.fish.wa.gov.au/docs/pub/FishingMarron/index.php?0100

Fishing for Marron
Open Season 2007

12 noon, Friday 12 January 2007 to 12 noon, Sunday 4 February 2007.
Bag and Size Limits

Marron Fishery

Minimum legal size : 80 mm carapace length . See the section on How to Measuring a Marron for more details.

Daily Bag Limit of 10 marron per fisherDaily bag limit: 10 marron per licensed fisher. (midday to midday).

Possession limit: 20 marron. You may only accumulate your daily bag limit up to a possession limit of 20 marron during the marron season. The possession limit applies everywhere except in your permanent place of residence. A separate possession limit applies near ‘Trophy Waters'.
‘Trophy Waters'
Harvey Weir, Hutt River and Waroona Dam

Minimum legal size: 90 mm carapace length. See the section on How to Measuring a Marron for more details.

Daily Bag Limit of 5 marron per fisherDaily bag limit: 5 marron per licensed fisher (midday to midday).

Possession limit: 5 marron within 500m of the waterline of Harvey Weir and Waroona Dam.

Females with eggs (berried) or live young attached beneath their bodies and undersize marron must be returned to the water immediately.
What's New for 2007

* New minimum size limit – 80mm*
* Longer season - 23 days
* Possession limit - 20 marron*
* Hutt River (north of Geraldton) – ‘Trophy Water'

Licensing

You must have a recreational fishing licence if you wish to fish for marron. These are available direct from the Department of Fisheries or through Australia Post outlets.
Legal Marron Fishing Gear

You may use one of these methods only at one time.
See the section on Legal Maroon Fishing Gear for more information.

* Drop nets : 6 per person. Nets must have 'marron mesh' bases.

* Scoop net : (wire basket crab scoop):1 per person. Fine mesh nets are illegal.

* Snare : 1 bushman's pole snare per fisher. Snares must be self tightening only.

Females with eggs (berried) or live young attached beneath their bodies and undersize marron must be returned to the water immediately.
Closed Waters

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Drinking Water Dams

All drinking water dams managed by the Water Corporation are closed to fishing. If a public dam is not listed in this guide then it is generally closed to fishing. Please contact the Water Corporation for details - www.watercorporation.com.au
*
Shannon River

In order to provide a representative river system where researchers can assess the impact of environmental factors on marron populations, the Shannon River and its tributaries are closed to all fishing. This closure will be re-evaluated in 2011.
*
Margaret River

All waters of Margaret River and its tributaries upstream of the 10-mile Brook Junction are closed to marron fishing in order to protect a recently identified species of marron known as ‘hairy marron'. In addition, the waters within 50 metres of the Bussell Highway traffic bridge are also closed to marron fishing. See map for details

Snare Only Waters

In snare only waters, you may only use a pole snare to take marron or be in possession of a pole snare within 50 metres of the water line of the following waters. All other methods are illegal.

You may only use a pole snare to take marron in the following waters. All other methods are illegal.

Specific areas have now been set aside for snare fishing only.

The following are designated snare-only waters:

* All major dams - including:
o Big Brook Dam;
o Drakes Brook Dam;
o Glen Mervyn Dam;
o Harvey Weir;
o Logue Brook Dam
o Waroona Dam; and
o Wellington Dam.

* All waters and tributaries upstream of the Wellington Dam wall excluding the Collie River upstream of Mungalup Road Bridge.
* Margaret River
* Margaret River (outside of closures).

More details are available on these marron snaring areas from here.
Boats and Diving

Using boats or diving gear to catch marron is illegal. It is also illegal to transport marron scoop nets or drop nets by boat. The only exception to this rule is in the Donnelly River.

To enable fishing at locations that cannot be accessed by land, fishers are now permitted to transport marron scoop nets or drop nets by boat on the Donnelly River downstream of ‘boat landing' only. Fishing from a boat will still be illegal. This privilege is on a trial basis only and will be revoked if abused.
Private Property

A person must not remove, or permit any marron to be removed from private property during the closed marron season.
Transporting Marron - Closed Season

As it is difficult to distinguish between marron taken illegally and marron grown on private property, it is illegal to remove marron from private property during the closed season. Marron taken during the season must be transported to your residence by midnight on the day the season closes

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