26 September 2023

DPIRD claims fisheries reeled in a ‘great year’

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The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) and the Minister for Fisheries took advantage of World Fisheries Day earlier this week (21 November) to declare 2021 a “great year” for WA fisheries.

In a statement, the Department said the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) Index of Marine Industry had reported that Western Australia had the nation’s leading commercial fishing jurisdiction, with rock lobsters, prawns and abalone being the most valuable species.

“In collaboration with the WA Fishing Industry Council, the commercial sector is highly committed to delivering quality, sustainable seafood to local, national and international markets,” the DPIRD said.

“The recreational fishing sector’s peak body, Recfishwest is also strongly dedicated to the sustainability of our State’s fisheries to ensure great fishing experiences continue.”

The Department said strong management, underpinned by world-class fisheries science work, ensured the long-term sustainability of the State’s aquatic resources.

Minister for Fisheries, Don Punch said the State could be proud of both the economic success of its commercial fisheries and the work of the recreational sector to ensure there would be fish for the future.

“It is our healthy ecosystems and successful, sustainable management of WA’s recreation and commercial fisheries that underpin this very success,” Mr Punch said.

“This year has been great for WA fisheries, so we have plenty to celebrate,” he said.

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