Western Australia is recognised across Australia as a national leader in the management of recreational fisheries, Fisheries Minister Gordon Hill said today.
He said that since the completion of the State Government's two-year review of recreational fisheries in October 1991, major changes had been made in the way these fisheries were managed.
"These changes have created a strong framework for the maintenance of WA's magnificent recreational fisheries, and the quality of fishing for pleasure in this State," Mr Hill said.
"WA anglers want to be informed of the changes and although information is frequently distributed to the public, the Fisheries Department continues to receive queries. As a result, the department has produced an easy-to-read information update which is now available.
"Called 'Fish Info', it advises the State's estimated 300,000 anglers on developments to recreational fishing in WA.
"The update includes details of a trust account established by the State Government to re-direct fees from fishing licences towards managing recreational fisheries and outlines Statewide fishing controls and community services, such as the recently established 'Fishwatch' hotline to help prevent illegal fishing activity," Mr Hill said.
"Fish Info is easy-to-read and informative - it outlines the many positive developments in recreational fishing made in this State and invites anglers to comment on a draft national recreational fishing policy released by the Federal Government last month."
Copies of 'Fish Info' are available from Fisheries Department offices.