Ten regional recreational fishing committees have been established across Western Australia to provide advice on local fishing issues to the Fisheries Department and the State Government.
Fisheries Minister Gordon Hill said committees had been established at Kununurra, Broome, Carnarvon, Karratha, Geraldton, Moora, Mandurah, Bunbury, Albany and Esperance.
"These committees have been formed as a direct result of the two-year review of recreational fisheries completed in 1991," Mr Hill said.
"They will advise on local fishing issues and be part of a Statewide decision making process also involving the Recreational Fishing Advisory Committee.
"Because of Western Australia's vast size, it is essential to get a local perspective, to help determine the effect fishing regulations have on regional fish populations and anglers."
Mr Hill said all the committees, except for Carnarvon, Broome and Kununurra had met and were making pleasing progress.
The committees will meet regularly and are comprised of members representing recreational and commercial fishing groups, special interest groups and the general public.
"They have been established to improve communication between the average angler, the Fisheries Department and the State Government, and a conscious effort has been made to ensure that a cross section of community opinions and backgrounds are represented," Mr Hill said.
"I would urge local fishers to work with their regional group so that a co-ordinated response can be made to State proposals, and so that the committee can make recommendations for soundly based local regulations."
Mr Hill said Western Australia leads Australia in the development of fisheries management.
"Concerns are growing worldwide about declining fish stocks, but with the continuation of the State Government's stock conservation policies and with help from these regional committees, we should be able to prevent that from happening in WA," he said.