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Barramundi is an iconic fish for local and visiting recreational anglers in the north of the State

Tuesday 30 October 2018

Resolution for long-running Derby fishing conflict

Recreational fishing opportunities off the Derby coast are set to improve with a permanent commercial fishing closure for King Sound South coming into effect, putting an end to a long-running fishing conflict.

Barramundi is an iconic fish for local and visiting recreational anglers in the north of the State and, similarly, many visiting tourists are keen to taste this premium table fish in cafés and restaurants throughout Western Australia.

The desire to maintain high quality recreational fishing experiences and place wild-caught barramundi on the plates of seafood lovers has led to a new resource sharing plan between commercial and recreational fishers in the waters near Derby.

The commercial closure has been ordered following mutual agreement between the WA Fishing Industry Council, Recfishwest and the local community, following negotiations facilitated by the State Government.



This resolution sees the local commercial barramundi fisher receive financial compensation through a fisheries adjustment plan for the permanent relinquishment of a portion of the commercial fishery that includes important recreational fishing areas close to Derby.

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