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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
Friday 30 July 2021

Demersal Harvest Strategy released

The West Coast Demersal Scalefish Resource Harvest Strategy 2021-2025 has now been released.

The strategy sets out clear recovery objectives, milestones and timeframes to ensure the continued recovery of our West Coast demersal resource, which is halfway through a 20-year recovery plan.

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

The demersal resource includes iconic Western Australian demersal species such as WA dhufish, pink snapper and baldchin groper, in waters from just north of Kalbarri to Black Point, east of Augusta.

This fishery is one of the State’s most popular recreational and charter fisheries, which also supplies the local domestic market with fresh wild caught seafood from commercial fishers.

The next stock assessment for the resource will be available later this year. The outcome of this assessment will be reviewed against the harvest strategy by a stakeholder based working group to determine if the resource is on track for recovery by 2030, or whether additional management for the recreational and/or commercial sectors is required.

The WCDSR Harvest Strategy was developed by a working group with representatives from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Recfishwest, WAFIC, and the charter fishing industry, as well as commercial and recreational fishers.


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