Fisheries Minister Gordon Hill has announced the appointment of a specialist recreational fisheries manager for Western Australia.
Mr Hill said Mr Frank Prokop had been recreational fisheries manager in New South Wales for the past three years.
Mr Prokop is a keen angler and his new position will give him Statewide responsibility for policies affecting WA's estimated 300,000 anglers.
"The State Government has long realised the importance of recreational fishing to those who participate, and to local economies which rely on angling tourists," Mr Hill said.
"This position was created as a result of last year's review of recreational fisheries in Western Australia, and one of Mr Prokop's major tasks will be to work closely with the Recreational Fishing Advisory Council to develop policies.
"Mr Prokop will help establish regional consultative committees to provide better local feedback on management strategies, and to keep anglers throughout the State informed of developments.
"He will play a key role in resource allocation issues and conservation regulation.
"He will also work closely with the commercial sector to ensure that management takes into account the impacts of the various users and the sustainability of the resource."
The Minister said Western Australia was fortunate to attract one of the more experienced recreational fisheries managers in Australia and that as a result, he expected there would be further developments in recreational fisheries management in WA.
Mr Prokop said he was looking forward to the challenge of working with recreational anglers in Western Australia where he said fisheries management was the envy of the rest of Australia.
Mr Prokop is based at the Fisheries Department in Perth and may be contacted during the week on (09) 220 5306.