Shark Fishing

Local Law

Fishing practices which attract large sharks that could pose a risk to human health are prohibited in Cockburn, under the City of Cockburn (Local Government Act) Local laws 2000.

The City reminds fishers at local reserves, foreshores and beaches – including Ammunition Jetty – that the practice of fishing for sharks by use of set or buoyed lines or by using blood or any other lure for the purpose of attracting sharks, is prohibited.

This Local Law document can be accessed on the City’s website and in the related documents below, with the shark fishing information on page 21, Section III, Division 2 (Prohibited Areas and Activities), point 3.3. See related documents below to access the Local Law document.

The City’s laws were motivated by concern for the safety of all beach users, including Coogee Beach Surf Life Saving members who utilise waters 500m north of Ammunition Jetty.

The law is designed to prevent the attraction of large sharks that could pose a danger to humans recreating along Cockburn’s coast, particularly at popular swimming areas.

It is also designed to prevent cruelty to the sharks, and to reduce the creation of litter caused by balloons used on lines to bait large sharks, as the rubber is commonly ingested by other marine life, causing discomfort and ultimately death.
 
As is the law for all of Western Australia, the use of berley containing mammal or bird product cannot be used in the City of Cockburn, including from boats, jetties or the shore. Mammal or bird products means blood, flesh, offal or skin.
 
The City receives regular complaints from concerned beach users who have witnessed people fishing for large sharks from Ammunition Jetty, including with buoyed lines using balloons, and baiting with blood and berley products.

Related Documents

Document name Downloadable files
Consolidated Local Laws 2000 PDF document

Shark Fishing in Cockburn - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can you still fish for sharks in the City of Cockburn?
Not if you are using the methods listed in the Local Laws i.e. the use of set or buoyed lines or by using blood or any other lure for the purpose of attracting sharks.
What type of sharks can you catch and what are the size rules?
Please refer to the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Recreational Fishing Guide and also the Western Australian Government Recreational Fishing Rules.
What if you are using the prohibited methods to catch other species, but accidently catch a shark?
It would be up to the Ranger’s discretion to assess at the time of the alleged offence.
Who will be enforcing the Local Law?
City of Cockburn Rangers already patrol Cockburn’s coastal areas as part of their normal duties.
Who controls John Graham Reserve in the Woodman Point Regional Park?
John Graham Reserve Woodman Point is managed by the state government Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) Parks and Wildlife Service but the beach and 200m of the ocean regardless of tides, is under the City of Cockburn’s jurisdiction.
Who controls Ammunition Jetty?
The jetty is under the management of the Department of Transport, but that does not affect the City of Cockburn from enacting its Local Laws.
Is the City of Cockburn responsible for security patrols and CCTV deployment at Ammunition Jetty car parks?
The car parks at Ammunition Jetty are owned by the DBCA, which is responsible for security in the area. The City is only responsible for security resourcing at Coogee Beach and C. Y. O’Connor Beach car parks.
Is it illegal to catch Tiger sharks in Western Australia?
Tiger sharks caught in Western Australia’s West Coast and South Coast bioregions are totally protected if they have an inter-dorsal fin measurement of more than 700 millimetres (sharks measuring about 1.8m in length).
Is it illegal to catch Great White sharks?
Great White sharks are totally protected, regardless of their size. Please refer to the Recreational Fishing Guide for more information.

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For more information please contact the Community Safety team on 08 9411 3444.
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