Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Former Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Fisheries; Electoral Affairs

    Stakeholder collaboration congratulated

    31/01/2013 12:00 AM
    • Stakeholders work together to develop fishing compensation process
    • Independent compensation process WA’s first ‘non-statutory’ scheme
    • New scheme ensures fishers do not surrender their entitlement

    Mines and Petroleum; and Fisheries Minister Norman Moore today congratulated the Department of Fisheries, the WA Fishing Industry Council (WAFIC) and Chevron for developing Western Australia’s first ‘non-statutory’ compensation scheme.


    Mr Moore acknowledged the collaborative efforts in establishing the independent compensation process for commercial fishers potentially affected by marine activities associated with the new Wheatstone Project, near Onslow in the Pilbara region.


    “By engaging early with fisheries stakeholders and the State Government, Chevron was able to leverage the experience and lessons learned from similar fishing industry arrangements to create its own unique process,” he said.


    “Most fisheries compensation schemes operated by the Department of Fisheries have been statutory schemes, which are based on commercial fishers surrendering their entitlement or licences and receiving compensation in return.


    “This new mechanism will provide a process through which commercial fishers can negotiate compensation for direct impacts - without having to surrender their fishing licences and the approach is a win-win for all parties.”


    The Minister said WAFIC had played an important role in notifying commercial fishers and promoting an awareness of the compensation mechanism available.


    “I understand a number of applications have been received from potentially affected commercial fishers, which shows willingness for industry to be involved in this type of process,” he said.


    To ensure compensation claims are assessed in an impartial way, the Department of Fisheries has led the establishment and administration of an independent committee to consider claims.


    “The Committee of Advice is assessing the claims and will provide Chevron with recommendations on the validity of these claims in the coming weeks,” Mr Moore said.


    The Minister said it was likely others in the resources industry would look to this independent process created for the Wheatstone Project and seek to replicate the scheme in the future.


           Fact File

    • Liberal National Govt has allocated $63m to Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy, including a range of fishing initiatives and marine science programs
    • State Government has invested $8.5m to support sustainable North-West fisheries

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