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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries

About us

The primary responsibility of the Fisheries Division of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is to conserve, sustainably develop and share the use of Western Australia’s aquatic resources and their ecosystems for the benefit of present and future generations.

We do this through managing fisheries and aquatic ecosystems, assessment and monitoring of fish stocks, enforcement and education, biosecurity management and licensing commercial and recreational fishing activity, including commercial aquaculture.

A variety of complex issues impact on the sustainable management of the State’s fish and aquatic resources.  To meet these challenges we employ an integrated approach to the planning, priority setting and project management of our key service areas:

  • Fisheries management; covering policy development, licensing and legislation related to the State’s commercial and recreational fisheries, pearling, aquaculture, the aquatic charter industry, customary fishing and protection of aquatic ecosystems, including safeguarding our aquatic biosecurity.
  • Enforcement and education; covering Statewide fisheries compliance, communications and community education.
  • Research and assessment; providing timely, high-quality scientific knowledge and objective advice to support the management, conservation and sustainable use of the State’s fish resources and aquatic environment.

These services are delivered by our four divisions, under the management of the Fisheries Executive:

    • Strategy and Aquatic Resources;
    • Science and Resource Assessment;
    • Regional Services; and
    • Corporate Services.

The Minister responsible for Fisheries is the Hon. Dave Kelly MLA.

Reporting on our services

Our initiatives and achievements are reported in the Annual Report to the Parliament of WA.  The report also provides an overview of the Fisheries Division, its operational structure, performance management framework, outcomes in relation to key performance indicators and details of the executive team.

A second and equally important annual report is prepared on the stock status and catch ranges for Western Australia’s major commercial fisheries.

The annual Status Reports of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources of Western Australia (formerly known as the State of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Report and State of the Fisheries Report) provides information on the State’s current management status and future directions of commercial fisheries, recreational fisheries and aquaculture industries.

Our plans and operations are also governed by our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan

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