Hon Ken Baston MLC

Hon Ken Baston MLC

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food; Fisheries

    Fisheries enjoys growing community support

    24/09/2015 11:00 AM
    • Community support for Department of Fisheries work remains strong
    • About 711,000 people took part in recreational fishing at least once in 2014-15

    More than eight out of 10 West Australians are satisfied with the Department of Fisheries' management of the State's aquatic resources, Fisheries Minister Ken Baston said today.


    Tabling the department's 2014-15 annual report, Mr Baston commended the State Government agency for achieving strong support from the broader community and stakeholders.


    "The annual community survey for 2014-15 showed an estimated satisfaction rating of 84.8 per cent, making it the fifth year in a row that it has been above 80 per cent," he said.


    "For the same period, the stakeholder survey delivered an estimated 79.9 per cent satisfaction rating, which is a great result; particularly when you consider that has risen from 67 per cent in 2010-11.


    "These results indicate the Government is achieving key aquatic resource management goals in a consultative way that engenders broad support and understanding of its management role.


    "I'm pleased to see that Fisheries enjoys the support and confidence of West Australians. The department uses an adaptive management approach, based on sound scientific analysis, to make tough decisions and adjustments to ensure our fish stocks are sustainable for the long term."


    The Minister said he was also pleased to see WA's commercial and recreational fishing sectors had contributed $1.5 billion to the State's Gross State Product in 2014-15.


    "The value of the State's commercial fisheries and aquaculture production now sits at $490 million annually," he said. "These sectors continue to contribute significantly to the Western Australian economy.


    "Recreational fishing also remains a popular Western Australian lifestyle activity, with an estimated 711,000 people - or 29.6 per cent of the population - taking part at least once in 2014-15."


    Fact File

    • The annual community survey measures satisfaction across commercial and recreational fisheries, aquaculture and pearling, and fish habitat protection
    • The stakeholder survey, held every two years, includes the commercial and recreational fishing sectors, aquaculture and pearling, as well as environment conservation and industries such as tourism and mining
    • For more information, visit http://www.fish.wa.gov.au  
    • The Australian Seafood Industry National Conference, Seafood Directions 2015, will be held in Perth from October 25-27

    Minister's office - 6552 5400