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Friday 11 September 2020

Planning for West Coast Demersal harvest strategy kicks off

A working group comprising representatives from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Recfishwest, WAFIC, and the charter fishing industry, as well as commercial and recreational fishers, has been established to commence the development of a harvest strategy for the West Coast Demersal Scalefish Resource.

Including iconic species such as WA dhufish, pink snapper and baldchin groper in waters from just north of Kalbarri to Black Point, east of Augusta, the resource supports one of the state’s most popular recreational and charter fisheries. It’s also an important commercial fishery which supplies the local domestic market with fresh wild caught seafood.

The resource is currently halfway through a 20-year recovery plan, and while there are some early signs of recovery, there is still a long way to go until stocks have fully rebuilt.

Coming together for the first time last week, the working group will continue to meet over the coming months to develop a draft strategy, which will be released for public comment later this year.

The harvest strategy will set out clear recovery objectives and milestones to ensure the resource continues to recover within acceptable timeframes. Should the harvest strategy identify a need to alter catches to meet recovery objectives, an appropriate management response will be developed in consultation with relevant stakeholders.  

Harvest strategies are recognised globally as best practice in fishing management, and formal harvest strategies have already been developed for many of WA’s other fish resources, in accordance with WA’s overarching harvest strategy policy



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