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Ninety-seven per cent of the State's fisheries are not at risk from the effects of fishing activitiy

Thursday 25 July 2019

WA’s world-class fisheries management improves sustainability of fisheries

​Our latest fisheries and aquatic resources health check shows that 97 per cent of the State's fisheries are not at risk from the effects of fishing activitiy - up from 95 per cent in the previous report.

The research data in our Status reports of the fisheries and aquatic resources of Western Australia 2017/18 show that WA’s fisheries are in a healthy condition, except a small percentage of stocks affected by adverse environmental conditions that are now subject to recovery programs.

Recovery of Abrolhos and Denham Sound scallop stocks, Exmouth Gulf brown tiger prawns and Shark Bay blue swimmer crab stocks after the 2011 extreme marine heatwave have helped lift the latest status report to 97 per cent.

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) fisheries scientists and managers are highly regarded internationally for the development and application of ecosystem-based fisheries management which includes a big picture analysis of all environmental influences, as well as stock status.

For further details, read the Status reports of the fisheries and aquatic resources of Western Australia 2017/18.

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