No fishing near Omeo wreck dive trail

Consultation has concluded

  • Fishing prohibited at the Omeo wreck site
  • Decision supported by the City of Cockburn, Recfishwest and WAFIC
  • Provides additional safety for scuba divers and snorkelers using the dive trail

The State Government announced that the popular Omeo wreck dive trail, near the north Coogee Marina, will have added safety for divers when a no fishing zone comes into force on Tuesday 5 September 2017.

Just south of the marina, the wreck site already has a Department of Transport boating prohibition and the new fishing prohibition will help to eliminate the potential risk of injury through fishing and diving activities being undertaken in close proximity.

The Omeo's sailing days saw it operate as both a passenger and cargo steamer, before it was driven ashore and wrecked at Coogee Beach in 1905, while being used as a coal hulk.

A special order under Fisheries legislation has formally established a no fishing zone around the Omeo wreck site, which will also include the artificial reef modules that have been installed by the City of Cockburn for the use of divers and snorkelers.

Anyone who breaches the no fishing zone risks a fine of up to $5,000, plus an additional mandatory penalty equal to 10 times the value of the fish that are subject of an offence.

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly said the wreck was an important recreational and educational dive trail.

"Making it a no fishing zone will make it safer for divers and snorkelers as they enjoy the maritime history and diverse marine life. The prohibition was made in consultation with the City of Cockburn, and is supported by Recfishwest and the Western Australian Fishing Industry Council. Boats are already prohibited from the area and it makes sense to ensure that any fishing activity, including the use of spear guns, is also prohibited in this small zone around the wreck."

  • Fishing prohibited at the Omeo wreck site
  • Decision supported by the City of Cockburn, Recfishwest and WAFIC
  • Provides additional safety for scuba divers and snorkelers using the dive trail

The State Government announced that the popular Omeo wreck dive trail, near the north Coogee Marina, will have added safety for divers when a no fishing zone comes into force on Tuesday 5 September 2017.

Just south of the marina, the wreck site already has a Department of Transport boating prohibition and the new fishing prohibition will help to eliminate the potential risk of injury through fishing and diving activities being undertaken in close proximity.

The Omeo's sailing days saw it operate as both a passenger and cargo steamer, before it was driven ashore and wrecked at Coogee Beach in 1905, while being used as a coal hulk.

A special order under Fisheries legislation has formally established a no fishing zone around the Omeo wreck site, which will also include the artificial reef modules that have been installed by the City of Cockburn for the use of divers and snorkelers.

Anyone who breaches the no fishing zone risks a fine of up to $5,000, plus an additional mandatory penalty equal to 10 times the value of the fish that are subject of an offence.

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly said the wreck was an important recreational and educational dive trail.

"Making it a no fishing zone will make it safer for divers and snorkelers as they enjoy the maritime history and diverse marine life. The prohibition was made in consultation with the City of Cockburn, and is supported by Recfishwest and the Western Australian Fishing Industry Council. Boats are already prohibited from the area and it makes sense to ensure that any fishing activity, including the use of spear guns, is also prohibited in this small zone around the wreck."