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​Scallop numbers are only just recovering along the WA coast following the 2010/11 marine heatwave.

Tuesday 25 July 2017

Fisher cops fine for contravening management plan

A  court has ordered a Carnarvon commercial fisher to pay more than $5,000 for breaching a management plan, by being in possesion of more than 13 kilograms of scallop meat when his vessel was inspected in May 2015.

The vessel was fishing in the waters of the Shark Bay Scallop Managed Fishery and at that time commercially fishing for scallops in those waters was prohibited.

Scallop numbers are only just recovering along the WA coast, following the 2010/11 marine heatwave that hit stocks so hard it forced the closure of fisheries and management plans were put in place to help recovery.

Recovery of fish species from events like a marine heatwave does require drastic measures, like temporary closures, and these tough decisions help ensure the fishery has time to restore itself to sustainable stock levels.

After a break of three years, fishing recommenced in late 2015 for the Shark Bay Scallop Managed Fishery and, this year, scallop fishing started again in the Abrolhos Islands, allowing commercial operators to enjoy the benefits of catches there for the first time in five years.

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