WA Libs pledge $2.4M for rec fishing

WA’s Liberal Government has promised to allocate $2.4million towards improving rec fishing opportunities in the state, if re-elected on March 9.

In a media relase issued yesterday, the Liberal’s fisheries policy outlined a continuation of fish restocking and enhancement programs across the state’s waterways. 

Releasing the Liberals’ Fisheries policy today, Minister Norman Moore said the Liberal-led
Government had implemented a range of fisheries management strategies since 2008 that have ensured the continued sustainability of Western Australia’s fish stocks.

“Western Australia’s marine and freshwater environment, with our significant resources of fish and other aquatic organisms, are one of the State’s most valuable assets” he said.
“We are committed to increase the benefits of the State’s unique marine and freshwater assets for all Western Australians through the continued expansion of restocking programs across the State’s waterways.

“In addition to stocking fish into rivers and estuaries, we will also establish a fishing hub at
Wellington Dam through stocking popular fish species.”

The Minister said the Liberals had already announced an allocation of $300,000 to help
minimise the risk of rock fishing deaths and injuries by identifying safety, emergency response systems and rescue equipment for popular rock fishing locations, building on the work already done by Recfishwest and community groups.

Read the media release in full here.

Fisho has contacted WA opposition leader Mark McGowan’s office for Labor’s policies on rec fishing, but at the time of publication we have not recieved a response.  

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