Jon Ford

Jon Ford

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

    Ministerial review of Fish Resources Management Act

    2/12/2005 12:00 AM

    South-West MLC Matt Benson has been asked to oversee a ministerial review of Western Australia’s Fish Resources Management Act 1994 (FRMA).

    Fisheries Minister Jon Ford said the FRMA Review Committee would consult widely with stakeholders and the public, including recreational, commercial and indigenous fishers.

    “The aim is to evaluate the existing Act in order to estimate how well it serves the community and reflects current fisheries and Government policies,” Mr Ford said.

    Chair Matt Benson said it was important that the State’s legislative framework was kept up-to-date to protect fish resources and aquatic habitats, which are rich in biodiversity.

    The specific terms of reference of the FRMA review are:
    • to inquire into and report on the effectiveness of the Fish Resources Management Act 1994 (FRMA) in conserving, developing and sharing the fish resources of the State for the benefit of present and future generations;
    • to inquire into and report on the effectiveness of the FRMA in the protection of fish habitats and aquatic biodiversity; and
    • report on any other matters of significance arising from the review process.
    Also appointed to the committee are WA Fishing Industry Council chair Max Ball, Geraldton Fishermen’s Cooperative boss John Newby and Heather Brayford of the Fisheries Department.

    The Minister said the committee was chosen for its sound understanding of where the State needed to be heading with fisheries management.

    The review is expected to report to the Minister within 12 months.

    Mr Ford said the Gallop Government was committed to protecting and enhancing WA's unique lifestyle and environment.

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