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A fisher holding a handful of blue swimmer crabs
​The licence buy-back scheme will see more of the Peel-Harvey's popular blue swimmer crabs and yellowfin whiting made available to recreational fishers.
Thursday 11 October 2018

Peel-Harvey recreational fishing improvement scheme launch

​A scheme to increase the allocation of crabs and whiting for recreational fishers in the Peel-Harvey will open tomorrow, with $1.5 million set aside to buy back a number of licences from commercial fishers.

The West Coast Estuarine Managed Fishery Voluntary Fisheries Adjustment Scheme will be formally gazetted on 12 October and commercial fishers who wish to apply will have until 30 April 2019 to submit their offers.

The scheme is designed to strike a balance between making more blue swimmer crabs and yellowfin whiting available to recreational fishers, while still providing a supply of commercially caught crabs to the local market.

The fishery is well managed and enjoys a Marine Stewardship Council eco-tick as a joint recreational and commercial fishery.

Both Recfishwest and the WA Fishing Industry Council have endorsed the plans to establish the scheme to reallocate resources from the commercial to the recreational sector.

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