- Research to examine status of critical recreational fishing stocks
- Funding injection boosts extension of first stock assessment of critical species
- Science to lead continued sustainable management for future
A project examining the stock status of species vital to recreational fishing has received $250,000 funding from the State Government’s Natural Resource Management (NRM) strategy.
Fisheries Minister Norman Moore said the new grant follows nearly two years of research into herring and tailor stocks in the West Coast Bioregion by the Department of Fisheries.
“These two species are critical to recreational anglers, especially in the metropolitan area,” Mr Moore said.
“The additional funding will allow similar information for whiting on the West Coast, as well as extending work to the South Coast to provide a complete picture of the status and connectivity of the near shore stocks in Western Australia’s temperate waters.”
Research so far has involved researchers from the Department of Fisheries working with key stakeholders, including Recfishwest and the WA Fishing Industry Council, to collect data and set up sampling programs for these species.
The work will include modern micro-chemical and genetic techniques being applied to determine the connectivity of West Coast and South Coast stocks of these popular species and the link between adults and juvenile fish to explore whether predictive forecasting of relative abundance is possible.
The Minister said similar partnerships with non-departmental groups and key stakeholders would also be a feature of the extension of this project to complete the assessment of whiting stocks.
“There are significant social, economic and ecosystem benefits from the State’s near shore fishery stocks and assets, so to ensure these benefits are maintained for future generations we need to know more about these species, which are regarded as the life blood of recreational fishing,” the Minister said.
- $660,000 in NRM funding in July 2009 for research of near shore species stocks
- A report on stage 1 of the project is being independently peer-reviewed before release
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