Latest scientific research shows sustainability
of WA fisheries has increased
97 per cent of the State’s fisheries are not at
risk from the effects of fishing activity, up from 95 per cent
Fisheries scientists are highly-regarded
internationally for innovative research
Western Australian fisheries that
support jobs in our State’s commercial fishing industry and its many
world-class recreational and indigenous fishing experiences along more than
12,500 kilometres of coastline, have enjoyed another successful year.
The latest stock assessment
reports show the sustainability of WA fisheries has increased, with 97 per cent
of fisheries not at risk from the effects of fishing activity - up from 95 per
cent in the 2016-17 report.
WA’s fisheries are in a healthy
condition, except a small percentage of stocks affected by adverse
environmental conditions that are now subject to recovery programs.
Recovery of Abrolhos and Denham
Sound scallop stocks, Exmouth Gulf brown tiger prawns and Shark Bay blue
swimmer crab stocks after the 2011 extreme marine heatwave have helped lift the
latest status report to 97 per cent.
Department of Primary Industries and
Regional Development (DPIRD) scientists and managers are highly regarded
internationally for the development and application of ecosystem-based
fisheries management which includes a big picture analysis of all environmental
influences, as well as stock status.
For further detail, the Status
reports of the fisheries and aquatic resources of Western Australia 2017/18 are
now available on the DPIRD Fisheries website at http://www.fish.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Fisheries
and Science Minister Dave Kelly:
“In WA we take our sustainable
fisheries credentials very seriously and because of this we are a world-leader.
“I am very pleased the stocks in
WA commercial and recreational fisheries are in a healthy position and 97 per
cent of them are not at risk from fishing activities.
“Last year the status reports
showed 95 per cent were not at risk and the increase recorded this year is
mostly due to some stocks impacted by the 2011 marine heatwave now reaching
recovery, such as Abrolhos Islands scallops and Shark Bay scallops and crabs.
“It’s important that when the
science shows us a stock has been impacted by environmental conditions that we
take steps to help it recover through adaptive fisheries management.”
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