- Increased fisheries compliance capacity in State’s South-West
$490,000 in Royalties for Regions funds purchase new patrol boat
PV Geographe design improves safety of at-sea compliance checks
The State Government’s fisheries compliance capacity in Western Australia’s South-West has been increased with the arrival of the new patrol boat PV Geographe.
Fisheries Minister Norman Moore announced today in Busselton the arrival of the vessel, which was purchased with Royalties for Regions funding.
Mr Moore said the new patrol boat would modernise the South-West fleet and enhance the Department of Fisheries’ capacity in the region.
“This vessel is well-suited for patrol work along the coastline for compliance checks and education, particularly in regard to the newly created Ngari Capes Marine Park,” he said.
“The selection of the bigger, rigid inflatable design will give Fisheries and Marine Officers (FMOs) the opportunity to safely conduct at-sea inspections of commercial and recreational vessels in a wider range of weather conditions.
“Inflatable collars in the PV Geographe’s design significantly reduce risk of injury or damage to property, when the patrol boat comes alongside other vessels for compliance checks.
“This vessel has greater range than the current vessel and will be more capable of doing longer hauls, such as Cape to Cape, and is more functional for overnight patrols.”
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the $490,000 of Royalties for Regions funding enabled the purchase of the patrol vessel as well as the creation of two new full-time FMO positions.
“PV Geographe features state-of-the-art marine communications’ equipment and will service the marine environment from Geographe Bay to Augusta, which will be of great benefit to the local recreational and commercial fishing sectors,” Mr Grylls said.
Mr Moore said the extra staff would enable greater use of the compliance vessels.
“Some 93 per cent of the South-West coastline will be available for recreational fishing when the marine park is implemented, so education and compliance checks will be an important part of the implementation period. Added to that, the new simplified recreational fishing rules come into effect today,” he said.
PV Geographe is 12m long and has a range of 280 nautical miles
Top speed of more than 40 knots and cruising speed of about 25 knots
Liberal National Government committed $850,000 of Natural Resource Management funding to assess South Coast demersal scalefish stocks
WA Government has allocated $2.4m for two South-West artificial reef projects
$8.56m of Royalties for Regions funding allocated to manage Ngari Capes Marine Park
Fisheries Minister’s office - 6552 5400
Regional Development Minister’s office - 6552 5500