Fishos invited to have say on WA fisheries

Western Australian fishos now have the opportunity to have a say on the future of their state’s fisheries. 

WA Fisheries Minister Norman Moore has called for public comment on a discussion paper detailing the framework for a proposed new Act of Parliament to manage the State’s fisheries.

Moore said significant pressures had developed in Western Australia’s fisheries and the aquatic environment, since the current Fish Resources Management Act 1994 (FRMA) came into force 16 years ago. The proposed Act will replace the FRMA and the Pearling Act 1990.

The Minister said that with WA’s population expanding, demand for natural resources was increasing and it was vital aquatic ecosystems were appropriately managed and protected.

“Discussion and feedback about how we move forward, to meet the challenges of the future, will be vital to ensuring we have a sustainable future for our valued living aquatic resources and I invite public submissions on the framework presented,” said Moore.

After analysis, a final proposal for the new Act will be developed. Subject to State Cabinet approval, a draft Bill will be prepared and further public input will then be sought on the detailed content of the new Act.

The official submission document can be downloaded here. 

Submissions close on July 26, 2010.

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