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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries

Fishing and aquaculture

Western Australia is home to the nation's most valuable commercial fisheries such as western rock lobster and pearling, and some of the best recreational fishing​.

A 'fishery' refers to the activities involved in catching a species or group of species that share the same habitat. Fisheries can be commercial or recreational.

With our clean environment we continue to have exciting potential for commercial aquaculture, particularly for marine species.

We take a holistic approach to managing the State's fisheries, where the combined effects of all fishing sectors are taken into account. 

This involves making decisions on the best use of the fishery resource within a total and sustainable catch for each fishery or fished stock. This may involve allocation or reallocation of fish resources to either the recreational or commercial fishing sectors.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Last modified: 17/04/2023 1:53 PM


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