North Coogee: fishing, boating ban reminder at Omeo shipwreck after complaints

Fishing and boating bans are in place around the Omeo wreck.
Fishing and boating bans are in place around the Omeo wreck.

THE City of Cockburn is urging boat users and fishers to adhere to bans around the Coogee Marine Dive Trail and Omeo wreck after a number of recent complaints.

Fishing, spearfishing and boating is prohibited in the area to keep members of the public safe and to preserve the artificial reef’s sea life.

City of Cockburn environment manager Chris Beaton said the area was declared a no fishing zone in September 2017 to complement a boating restriction that already existed.

“The trail is popular with swimmers and divers of all ages and abilities as it provides the shallowest and most easily accessible shipwreck in the Perth metropolitan area, being just 25m from shore in waters averaging 2-5m,” he said.

“The dangers that fishing, spearfishing and boating in the area pose to vulnerable users are obvious, which is why the State Government declared the boating and fishing prohibitions.

“Unfortunately, we receive regular complaints from people who see others boating, fishing and spearfishing in the area, which is both dangerous and illegal.”

To report an incident contact the Department of Transport Marine Safety Hotline on 13 11 56 or Fish Watch on 1800 815 507.

Breaches of the no fishing zone risk a fine of up to $5000.