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The Aquatic Resource Management Act when implemented will set the course for future management of aquatic resources like this baldchin groper.
Thursday 14 September 2017

New legislation sets course for future fisheries management

The Minister for Fisheries has set the implementation date for new legislation for the management of Western Australia’s fish and aquatic resources.

The Aquatic Resource Management Act will come into effect on 1 January 2019.

The Act will ensure that WA’s reputation as a world leader in aquatic resource management continues to develop by introducing an innovative and modern legislative framework.

The new legislation is based around an integrated, risk-based approach to the sustainable management of aquatic resources which explicitly recognises all users and establishes defined levels of access for the commercial and recreational fishing sectors. 

One of the Act’s key features is that it prioritises the management of aquatic resources assessed as at ‘high risk’. It is also based around aquatic resources – rather than the tradition​al approach focused on a fishery or fishing activity.

This means that there is the potential to up-scale management where appropriate to better recognise and manage the broad range of fishing-related impacts on a resource.

The current Fish Resource Management Act 1994 has achieved sound sustainability, economic and social outcomes. However, changes including population growth, climate change, coastal development, advancing fishing technologies and biosecurity threats, requires more modern, flexible legislation to ensure WA’s best practice aquatic resource and fishery management continues into the future.

The Act has been developed in consultation with stakeholders who will continue to be engaged throughout the implementation process. ​

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