Fisheries Minister Gordon Hill said today that the broader stance adopted by the West Australian Fishing Industry Council was the key to local seafood produce becoming more internationally competitive.
While opening WAFIC's annual general meeting in Perth today, Mr Hill said the fishing industry played an important role in the State's economy.
"Apart from an annual earning capacity of $400 million, the industry provides jobs and a community structure in major fishing ports," he said.
"WAFIC has continued to do an outstanding job representing the fishing industry in its discussions with the Government and the wider community.
"But I am particularly pleased to see the organisation taking on a broader role with involvement with seafood retailers, a training scheme for the industry and an increasing association with developing aquaculture activities.
"I commend and support WAFIC's promotion, training and industry management concept, through which funds are being raised from industry to support a marketing program.
"This, I am sure, will see WA seafood competing on an equal basis with other fresh food products."
Mr Hill said local seafood products were facing increasing competition from overseas markets as well as at home, where they compete with other fresh foods, including meat products, to achieve a market share.
He said the future for WA's fishing and processing industry was in the effective marketing and promotion of local seafood.
"The future lies in getting more from the fish harvest rather than harvesting more fish."