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Aquatic Resources Management Act

Over the last 50 years, Western Australia has built a reputation for first-class fisheries and aquatic resource management. This reputation has been built on a solid legislative foundation that has allowed our management approach to evolve according to the changing needs of the community.

After consulting with and listening to peak sector bodies representing the fishing and aquaculture sectors, the WA Government has announced its intention to set aside the Aquatic Resources Management Act 2016 (ARMA) and will not proceed with its implementation. There will be no changes or impacts on day-to-day fishing activities as a result of this decision, as ARMA had not been fully implemented. 

The decision to continue operating under existing legislation, including the Fish Resources Management Act 1994 (FRMA) and its subsidiary legislation, provides stability and certainty for fisheries stakeholders.

The FRMA and the Pearling Act 1990 (Pearling Act) remain in place and will continue to regulate fishing, aquaculture, pearling, and other aquatic resources in Western Australia. 

To ensure we are best placed to meet future challenges, the Department will further engage with stakeholders to consider potential amendments to add value to the existing fisheries management frameworks and legislation. This process will include consideration of appropriate management arrangements for the pearling industry into the future.

Frequently asked questions: ARMA repeal FAQ​​​

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