Warning issued after Port Coogee swordfish becomes tangled in fishing line

Pic credit City of Cockburn
Pic credit City of Cockburn

CITY of Cockburn environment manager Chris Beaton is urging people to be aware of the “no fishing zones” in Port Coogee Marina after an electric blue swordfish was found tangled by fishing line this week.

The electric blue swordfish had been visiting the area over the past week and was found with fishing line tangled around its tail.

Mr Beaton said it was important marina visitors to the area knew it was a “no fishing zone” and policed by the City and the Department of Primary industries and Regional Development’s Fisheries unit.

He added the fish was stressed due to the fishing line and hooks dragging behind it and warned there were hefty fines for people caught doing the wrong thing.

“We are not sure why this oceanic species is sheltering in the shallows but it needs our protection at the very least and trying to catch it is not only illegal at this site, but unwarranted,” he said.

“There are plenty of fishing spots along our coast and plenty of good eating fish for all.”

The swordfish is believed to be a Broadbill (Xiphias gladius), found throughout the world including in Perth’s deeper offshore waters beyond the Continental Shelf.

“The species is oceanic but can sometimes be found in coastal waters, making its appearance quite unique, with most people unlikely to encounter the species so closely,” he said.

To report illegal fishing contact the Department of Industries and Regional Development’s FishWatch hotline on 1800 815 507.

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