Commercial long lines - deep drop

 Hey guys


 not trying to kick up a stir here , nor trying to crucifiy someone working if I am wrong here

but can someone confirm to me this, what's the minimum depth for a commercial boat working the shelf with settling lines?

there was one working the depths between 220-450 , ( I went to both edges of the floats to see if it was a set line)..... the boat was being very odd in terms of movements when I started working south towards him....

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Sat, 2017-09-09 11:08

Thought it was 200m in the metro area

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Sat, 2017-09-09 22:35



lucky i love to fish because i cant catch any.



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 I've never known a depth to

Sat, 2017-09-09 12:08

 I've never known a depth to be the determining factor in fishing boundaries....



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 Certainly can be on

Mon, 2017-09-11 12:44

 Certainly can be on Commonwealth licences, mainly trawl though they do have various endorsements.

While it's described as 200meter, it is a series of tangents approximating the 200 meter contour, cutting a few corners both inside and out.


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Sat, 2017-09-09 13:03

The no commercial finfish droplining is a line of co-ordinates so no not a depth!.

The 2 boats out there now are commercial crab fisherman! 


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For interest sake

Sat, 2017-09-09 21:58

are you able to provide those cooordinates or the source where they maybe found (other than a general reference to a WA Fisheries site). 




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And FFS..

Sat, 2017-09-09 21:10

 The commercial fishermen were fishing deep drop long before the reccos got wind of it. They pioneered it. So please, no-one get precious about it.

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 Here we go the old us verse

Sat, 2017-09-09 23:38

 Here we go the old us verse them crap 


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Haha, exactly, 'We were

Sun, 2017-09-10 13:25

Haha, exactly, 'We were flogging it years before we were regulated, now there's no money in it because of you recreational assholes'

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I must say

Mon, 2017-09-11 12:31

I can't see to many rec fishermen pulling pots from that depth of water.

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With some help from Fisheries

Wed, 2017-09-20 17:26

I was able to locate within the legislation a description of the Metropolitan Area.  This is the area where the commercial demersal fisherman are NOT allowed to fish.  As has previously been mentioned it is based on intersecting coordinates and not on any specific depths.  For the benefit of those who may be interested it states:

"Metropolitan Area

All Western Australian waters bounded by a line commencing at the intersection of the high water mark on the coastline of Western Australia and 31° 00.00' south latitude; thence extending west along the geodesic to the intersection with 114° 50.43' east longitude; thence generally south to the intersection of 31° 12.00' south latitude and 114° 55.00' east longitude; thence generally south to the intersection of 31° 47.00' south latitude and 115° 01.00' east longitude; thence generally southeast to the intersection of 31° 56.00' south latitude and 115° 12.50' east longitude; thence generally south-west to the intersection of 33° 00.00' south latitude and 114° 38.15' east longitude; thence east along the geodesic to the intersection with the high water mark on the coastline of Western Australia; thence generally north-west along the high water mark to the commencement point."





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Thanks Alan

Wed, 2017-09-20 17:11

Well there we are that has clearly defined what metro area means.