Regional committees are to be formed to allow the public to have a say in the management of recreational fishing.
Fisheries Minister Gordon Hill said regional liaison committees would be formed and advertisements would appear in community newspapers this week inviting applications from interested fishers.
Mr Hill said committees would be established in:
· Kununurra with a sub-committee in Broome to service the Kimberley region;
· Karratha for the Pilbara;
· Carnarvon for the Gascoyne;
· Geraldton for the Mid-West;
· Moora for the Central region;
· Bunbury and Mandurah for the South-West;
· Albany for the Great Southern, and
· Esperance with a sub-committee in Kalgoorlie to service the Goldfields-Esperance region.
"We are seeking people who are interested in conserving our fish stocks so that future generations can also enjoy recreational fishing," Mr Hill said.
"There are many local issues to address and the regional liaison committees will bring these matters to the attention of the Statewide organisation, the Recreational Fishing Advisory Committee, which advises me.
"The RFAC will consider those issues to ensure that a whole-of-State approach is implemented in the management of recreational fishing."
Membership of the committees would be drawn from the local recreational fishing community and other groups interested in the management of the aquatic environment.
Mr Hill urged people involved in community groups and all concerned about local issues to seek membership of the committees.
He said the groups would initially be serviced by the regional offices of the Department of State Development and the Fisheries Department. They would become self-supporting as quickly as possible.