Hon Ken Baston MLC

Hon Ken Baston MLC

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food; Fisheries

Hon Bill Marmion BE MBA MLA

Hon Bill Marmion BE MBA MLA

Former Minister for State Development; Transport; Innovation

    Reeling in red tape reduces costs for operators

    19/11/2015 6:00 AM
    • Reducing regulations for WA's commercial fishing sector
    • Making it easier for aquaculture operators to set up fish farms in WA
    • Progressing towards simpler rules for recreational fishers 

    Regulations continue to be reduced for commercial fishing operators and the rules applying to recreational fishing simplified under the State Government's ongoing drive to cut red tape.


    Fisheries Minister Ken Baston said he was pleased with the progress being made by the Department of Fisheries towards red tape reduction in the fisheries sector, which was worth more than $1 billion to the State's economy.


    "The Government's Red Tape Reduction Report Card has examples where changes have been made to help commercial fishing operations," he said.


    "This year, commercial west coast rock lobster operators have benefitted from further relaxation of controls, which are no longer necessary as the total catch is now capped.


    "Operators in the State's most lucrative fishery are now able to take large female lobsters, and the minimum legal length has also been reduced to 76 millimetres.  Together with a trial allowing setose western rock lobsters to be retained, these changes will increase profitability.


    "These changes also help to reduce the number of times commercial fishers need to set their pots to reach their quota, making operations more efficient."  


    Mr Baston said the report card also recognised that commercial operators in the west coast demersal scalefish and mackerel managed fisheries were now able to spread their licence fee payments over periodic instalments to assist business' cash flow.


    The Minister said recreational fishers would also continue to benefit from the efforts to simplify and improve the recreational fishing experience in Western Australia.


    "In 2015, the department is advancing a review of minimum size limits that apply for finfish across the State.  This review will look to further simplify and standardise limits where possible - making the experience of recreational fishing more enjoyable for West Australians and visiting tourists," he said.


    Finance Minister Bill Marmion said the report card highlighted the range of real, practical benefits the Government was delivering to businesses and community.


    "By cutting red tape, we can reduce barriers to investment, drive economic growth and improve the living standards of West Australians," Mr Marmion said.


    Fact File

    • Read the Government's Red Tape Reduction Report Card here
    • Submit your ideas to reduce red tape and #ShredTheRed here

    Fisheries Minister's office - 6552 5400

    Finance Minister's office - 6552 6800