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A close up of an octopus being handled by a commercial fisher
The main octopus species targeted in WA is Octopus cf. tetricus – regarded as one of the best octopus species in the world, because of its taste, colour and texture.
Monday 16 April 2018

Setting up WA's octopus fisheries for a sustainable future

​Western Australia’s commercial octopus fishers have set a goal to achieve the world’s gold standard for sustainability – independent third-party certification through the Marine Stewardship Council.

To help achieve that goal, WA’s octopus fisheries need to be supported by a robust, formal harvest strategy that outlines the specific management and performance measures needed to ensure the long-term sustainability of the octopus resource.

Targeted octopus fishing first commenced in 2001 and innovative fishing techniques have led to the development of the commercial fishery.

New trap designs have also been trialled in the fishery to help improve efficiency and more than 250 tonnes of octopus are caught by commercial fishers Statewide. The recreational catch is estimated to be approximately two tonnes annually.

The draft Octopus Resource of Western Australia Harvest Strategy 2018-2023 is now available for review during a four-week public consultation process.

Harvest strategies provide guidance for decision-makers and eventually all of WA's fisheries will have a formal harvest strategy to guide their management.

Details on how to comment on the draft strategy are now available on our public comment and consultation page

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