Marron season opening

Briana FioreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
The marron season will start on January 8 this year.
Camera IconThe marron season will start on January 8 this year. Credit: Tari Jeffers

Those mad about marron will be preparing their snares ahead of the official season opening tomorrow .

The statewide recreational fishing season will last just 28 days, commencing on January 8 and concluding on February 5.

However, the marron season has already gotten off to a rocky start in Harvey.

Where two men were allegedly caught fishing illegally at the Dam before the season had even begun.

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They had more than 400 marron, with 259 undersized.

The men face fines of up to $43,850 each, if found guilty.

Harvey Shire president Paul Gillett said there are harsh penalties in place for those who break the rules.

“The regulations are put in place to protect species, so future generations can enjoy them too,” Mr Gillett said.

The Shire president hoped this years marron season would attract visitors to the town, especially on weekends, which would benefit local businesses.

However, Mr Gillett believed the marron season would be enjoyed by the locals too.

There are 11,000 licensed fishers expected to take advantage of this years marron season.

Those fishing in open waters have a daily bag limit of eight, while those within 500m of the Harvey and Waroona Dams are restricted to five.

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