Abrolhos Islands Fishing Boat Charter
Mills Abrolhos Islands fishing boat charters offer all various fishing trips including Deep sea bottom fishing day and night, Samson Jigging, Shark Fishing and fully catered live aboard Abrolhos Islands Fishing Holidays. Book a fishing trip from the Indian Ocean port of Geraldton to Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia on your own, with a few fishing mates, or charter the whole boat for your work or private function. Mills Charters years of Abrolhos Islands knowledge and experience will make sure that your days on the Indian Ocean near the Abrolhos Islands is a truly memorable one. Choose from one of our function ideas or tailor your Abrolhos Islands fishing charter to suit your needs. At Mills Abrolhos Island Fishing Charters, we are constantly striving to enhance an already, excellent reputation within the sport fishing and charter boat industry. Your charter is our business.
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Fishing at the Abrolhos
World class fishing at its best!!! Catch the biggest fish of your life!! First bite you get will be a monster. Catch and eat a West Australian Dhufish!! Growing to 40 pounds or more, these fish really fight!! Also one of, if not the best eating fish in Australian waters!! Whether its reef fishing or deep-sea fishing over the continental shelf. It's amazing.
Fresh water has always been a significant constraint on any permanent settlement. Aside from the early castaways, the Islands have only had a small seasonal population of fishermen. The present fishermen all have permanent residence elsewhere, mainly in Geraldton, but their island shacks are used as a base during the season. For example, North Island has a seasonal camp for Western Rock Lobster fishers, with individual moorings and simple dwellings. During lobster season, which runs from 15 March to 30 June, the island hosts up to 130 people. The camp is serviced by a carrier boat, the North Islander, which visits the island every three days, bringing supplies and taking out the catch and any domestic waste.
Tourists are not allowed to camp, and the conservation designation of the Island group forbids any real expansion in human occupation.
The marine ecology of the Abrolhos islands is unique, thanks to their remoteness and the low level of recreational fishing and commercial fishing pressure. Significant resident reef species include baldachin groper, coral trout, and Western Australian dhufish. The Abrolhos play a vital role as a major habitat for the spawning stock of western rock lobster. Eggs and larvae from the Abrolhos and the deep-water refuges further north along Big Bank are thought to be distributed by ocean currents along the west coast, replenishing many areas of reef where the stocks of mature spawning lobsters have been depleted by intensive fishing.
The daily bag limits, possession limits, minimum legal sizes and other
regulations that apply across the West Coast region also apply in Abrolhos Islands waters. Full details are contained in the Recreational Fishing Guide – West Coast Region, available from most fishing tackle and dive shops.
Within the Abrolhos Islands' Fish Habitat Protection Area, special places have been set aside as Reef Observation Areas (ROAs) for the conservation and observation of marine life and habitats. Catching fish by line, spear or any other method is not permitted in these areas; however, lobster pots may be used according to license conditions.
The ROAs are intended to:
- conserve and protect fish, fish breeding areas, fish fossils and the aquatic ecosystems;
- provide sites for the appreciation and observation of fish in their natural habitat; and
- Boost populations of reef fish in areas adjacent to the ROAs.
The Abrolhos Islands are off Western Australia's mid north coast - 60 -80 km west of Geraldton in the Indian Ocean. There are 122 islands segregated into three main groups: the Wallabi Group, Easter Group and Pelsaert Group, which run from north to south across 100km of ocean. It is the southernmost true coral reef in the Indian Ocean, and one of the highest latitude reef systems in the world.
The Abrolhos Islands & coral reef communities form one of Western Australia's unique marine areas. There is tropical and temperate sea life as it lies in WA’s warm southward flowing Leeuwin Current. You can access the Abrolhos islands through Mills charter/ fishing/ eco boat and snorkeling tours running from Geraldton and Kalbarri. Float plane tours from Geraldton, and aerial tours from Dongara, Geraldton and Kalbarri can also take you there. There's no accommodation on the islands.
The Abrolhos islands are surrounded by beautiful but dangerous coral reef. It is well-known that many ship wrecks occurred over the past centuries such as the Batavia in 1629 and the Zeewijk, wrecked in 1727.
The infamous Batavia was wrecked in 1629 on her maiden voyage from Holland. The wreck now lies on the ocean floor on Morning Reef at the Wallabi group of islands. There are many horrendous tales of mutiny and murder of the wreckage – and these can be found in the Maritime Museum in Geraldton.
The Abrolhos islands provide one of the best fishing spots in the world. Bird watching is another popular reason many people visit the Abrolhos Islands as it is one of the world's most important seabird breeding sites. Large breeding colonies of sea birds exist on the islands with more than 90 different species identified The Abrohlos islands only allow a limited number of tourists to visit during the day and have a small seasonal population of fishermen. The Abrolhos boasts a diverse range of marine life. Today the Abrolhos Islands are the main source of supply for the Western rock lobster fishery.
Visiting the Abrolhos Islands
Every year the rich fish life, unique coral reef formations, birdlife, shipwrecks and the wild beauty of the Abrolhos attract an increasing number of visitors. Many come as invitees of commercial fishing license holders. Others come on SCUBA diving or sport fishing charters, or to observe the wildlife, explore the history or simply experience the Abrolhos islands' unique environment. The Abrolhos islands' marine and terrestrial environments are fragile and need the protection of visitors and of fishers who temporarily reside there. These natural resources are part of the aquatic heritage of all Australians and are listed on the Register of the National Estate. Visitors are asked to ensure their activities have minimal impact on the islands' natural environment.
Preparing for your visit to the Abrolhos Islands
There is no public accommodation on the islands at present and all Abrolhos Islands recreational fishing visitors need to be well equipped and self-sufficient.
Emergency services and medical assistance
Calls for emergency and medical services and assistance at the Abrolhos can be made by marine radio. Marine radio channels and frequencies are listed in The Official Western Australian Boating Guide, a free publication available from regional and metropolitan offices of the Department of Planning and Infrastructure. There is limited CDMA mobile telephone coverage; however, it should not be relied upon in emergency situations.
Getting about Abrolhos Islands
Unauthorized access to rock lobster fisher camps, jetties and moorings is not permitted. There is a public jetty at East Wallabi Island. The uninhabited islands can be reached by dinghy and small watercraft, but visitors are reminded that lighting fires, camping and the use of firearms are not permitted.
Under Western Australian and Australian law, native wildlife is protected on all of the Abrolhos Islands. Please take extra care not to disturb nesting Indian Ocean birds when coming ashore. Walk along the shoreline and keep to rocky areas rather than walking across an island or through sandy sections. This way you will avoid destroying nesting bird burrows or scaring birds from their nests at times that may be critical for the survival of chicks or eggs.
Western Rock lobster
The Abrolhos islands are the center of the Western Rock Lobster fishing industry, the largest single-species fishery, known as "crayfish" in Western Australia. Western Rock Lobster fishing boat fishermen live on the Abrolhos Islands in the rock lobster fishing season. If you like eating lobster, come on a Mills Abrolhos Islands fishing charter.
After Shark Bay, the Abrolhos supports Western Australia's second largest saucer scallop fishery. This fishery is managed under the Abrolhos Islands and Mid-West Trawl Limited Entry Fishery Notice 1993. Only 17 licenses have been issued, and no more will be made available, as the saucer scallop is considered fully exploited. Licensees are constrained to operate only during scallop season, which generally runs from 1 April to 30 June, and are also subject to restrictions on gear design, boat size and crew numbers.
Scallop fishers mainly operate east of the Abrolhos and between the island groups, in waters deeper than 30 meters. Activity is targeted at sheltered areas of bare sand, where scallops tend to settle. Catches vary greatly from year to year; from 2001 to 2003, for example, the total annual catch totaled 1182 tons, 195 tons and 5840 tons (whole weight) respectively. This variability is apparently related to the strength of the Leeuwin Current, as strong current is correlated with low scallop recruitment.
The total value of the fishery in 2003 was AU$19.6 million, although this figure includes a small prawn fishery operating out of Port Gregory. Most of the catch is frozen and exported to Asia.
The Department of Fisheries has issued a number of licenses to cultivate black-lip pearl oysters in the Abrolhos. The first recipient of a license was Abrolhos Pearls in 1996. By 2000, another license had been issued and four more applications had been received. A year later, there were 10 square kilometers licensed for the culture of pearl oysters in the Abrolhos Islands, of which about 21% was actually in use, carrying over 210,000 shell. Six licenses had been issued by 2002, and by 2007 that number had grown to eight. 95% of the pearl aquaculture is carried out in the Pelsaert Group. Most licenses are over areas of sand, but some areas contain small amounts of coral reef. The color of the pearls produced is quite different to that of Pacific black pearls, and this is considered a potential marketing tool.
In addition to pearl aquaculture, a pilot sea cage finfish farm was licensed in 2004, although as of 2007 the license had not been exercised. Interest has also been expressed in the culture of live rock and coral for the aquarium industry. The Western Australian Department of Fisheries has identified a number of marine species as having potential for aquaculture in the Abrolhos, including the Shark Bay pearl oyster the maxima clam rock oysters the saucer scallop the western rock lobster, and a number of species of finfish, most of which are filter feeders.