Jon Ford

Jon Ford

Minister for Employment Protection; Regional Development; Fisheries; the Kimberley, Pilbara and Gascoyne

    Call for fisheries volunteers to make a difference

    5/08/2005 12:00 AM

    Fisheries Minister Jon Ford wants more Esperance residents to join the popular Volunteer Fisheries Liaison Officer program.

    “Fisheries volunteers carry out valuable work for the community and we need to boost their ranks,” Mr Ford said.

    “By caring for our recreational fisheries and the marine environment, volunteers set a great example for others.”

    The Minister thanked Esperance volunteers Owen Morey, Ray Meagher and Eve Blanchflower for their efforts.

    He also urged like-minded community members along the south coast to give of their time.

    “I am impressed that younger people, like Eve Blanchflower, are willing to help out - there are no age or gender barriers in this program,” Mr Ford said.

    “The south coast has the second highest level of recreational fishing in the State, making it an important activity both socially and economically.”

    The volunteer program gives individuals an opportunity to make a difference and to help ensure that simple pleasures like catching fish, snorkelling or diving won’t be lost to future generations.

    The Minister said one of the important roles of volunteers was sharing their knowledge and experience.

    “By volunteering you will be able to enjoy the outdoors, interact with people with similar interests, and be part of a team with strong beliefs in conservation and sustainability,” he said.

    “The volunteer program is a practical way in which the Gallop Government protects and enhances Western Australia’s unique lifestyle and environment.”

    To become a volunteer on the south coast, contact the Fisheries Department in Esperance on 9071 1839.

    Minister's Office - 9425 4200