Fishing is one of many popular aquatic recreational activities enjoyed along the City Beach and Floreat Beach foreshore.
To ensure that all our beach lovers get to enjoy our beautiful coastline the Town of Cambridge has allocated areas where fishing can be enjoyed safely and harmoniously with other visitors.
As fishing is conducted in a shared space with other beach users, please adhere to the following restrictions and local laws to make the beachfront pleasant and safe or all and to avoid on the spot fines:
- No fishing within the area 50 metres south of the City Beach groyne between 5am to 7pm.
- No fishing on City Beach groyne between 5am to 7pm.
- No fishing from Floreat Beach groyne between 6am to 7pm.
- No fishing within the area 50 metres north of the Floreat Beach groyne between 6am to 7pm.
- No Fishing in between the City Beach and Floreat groynes which is a designated swimming area.
- No fishing in a designated bathing area that is marked by Surf Life Saving Australia Lifeguards (between the flags).
- You must not clean fish or cut bait on the beach.
- You must not deposit fish offal or bait on land or in the sea within 200m of any part of the beach.
- You must not use berley, oil or composite material.
- Without approval, you must not fish for sharks by use of set or buoyed lines or use blood, offal or any other lure for the purpose of attracting sharks within 200m of any part of a beach.
Please ensure you check the signage at each beachfront entrance to make sure you are in the allocated fishing areas.
Commercial fishing businesses are prohibited unless a permit has been granted by the Town.
Please remember that penalties may apply to any persons not abiding by the above rules. Help us keep our beaches safe for everyone. Visit our Drones webpage to find out about fishing with drones.
Anyone who observes suspicious fishing activity in Western Australian waters can report this to FishWatch 1800 815 507 or through Crimestoppers. Further details are available here.
Fishing practices which attract large sharks that could pose a risk to human health are prohibited within the Town of Cambridge, under the Town of Cambridge local Government and Public Property Local Law 2017.
The practice of fishing for sharks by use of set or buoyed lines or the use of blood, offal or any other lure for the purpose of attracting sharks is prohibited at local beaches.
As is the law for all Western Australia, the use of berley containing oil, mammal, bird or composite material cannot be used in the Town of Cambridge. Mammal or bird products means blood, flesh, offal, or skin.
The law is designed to:
- Prevent the attraction of large sharks that could pose a danger to humans recreating along Cambridge beaches, particularly at popular swimming areas
- Prevent cruelty to sharks
- 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.
For the most part, fishing for sharks in WA is legal provided the area is open to fishing, and that no blood or offal containing mammal or bird products are being used to attract the sharks.
Totally Protected Sharks
- Great White
- Grey Nurse