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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries

The latest State of the Fisheries report highlights sound management of WA’s recreational and commercial fishing activities.

Monday 27 August 2018

Sustainability and careful management are the key for WA's fisheries

​The latest status report on Western Australia's fisheries show that the State's fish stocks continue to be in healthy condition, with 95 per cent of them not at risk or vulnerable to fishing exploitation.

The report and its 'scorecard' summary shows most of the ecological risk to WA’s aquatic resources are currently at acceptable levels and in situations where fish stocks have been impacted by adverse environmental conditions, management measures are in place to support the quickest possible recovery.

The status reports are based on comprehensive research assessments carried out in 2016/17.

The department’s ongoing commitment to sustainable fisheries management is reflected in WA’s success in gaining Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, which is the international gold standard in sustainability.

Eight of WA’s fisheries have now achieved independent certification, which is more than any other Australian State or the Federal Government.

The latest status reports detail how our fisheries are doing overall as well as which fisheries are being closely watched, such as Cockburn Sound Crab Fishery, the West Coast garfish stocks and Wilson Inlet cobbler.

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