Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Former Minister for Water; Forestry; Youth

    Increased recreational fishing opportunities for the South-West

    31/08/2019 10:00 AM
    • New committee will examine ways to improve recreational freshwater fishing
    • McGowan Government to enhance fish stocking strategies and potential of DPIRD's Pemberton trout hatchery
    • Better freshwater fishing experiences will help boost tourism 

    Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly has established a new advisory committee for inland fisheries in Western Australia with a strategic focus on enhancing freshwater fishing experiences in the South-West to drive tourism and support local jobs.


    Enjoying the annual Recfishwest Troutfest event at Drakesbrook Weir today, the Minister unveiled the new committee to be chaired by Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) Director of Aquaculture Research and Development Greg Jenkins.


    The committee will focus on creating a more robust fish production program, improving fish stocking opportunities in the South-West, identifying potential new freshwater trout fishing locations and driving the development of the Pemberton Freshwater Research Centre (also known as the Pemberton trout hatchery).


    Recfishwest, WA freshwater fishing experts and fish stocking specialists from DPIRD, as well as the South West Development Commission will also sit on the committee.


    Around 700,000 rainbow and brown trout have been grown at the State Government operated and funded Pemberton Freshwater Research Centre to stock popular freshwater angling dams and waterways in the South-West this year. 


    The McGowan Government spends about $15 million on recfishing in WA each year and provides an additional $1.4 million to Recfishwest, the sectors peak body, to represent and advocate for the recreational fishing sector.


    Recreational fishers spend $2.4 billion a year on fishing. Creating a better freshwater fishery will not only provide more family-friendly fishing opportunities, but also help drive further economic growth in this sector and support Western Australian jobs. 


    For more details on South-west freshwater angling, go to http://www.fish.wa.gov.au to see the current guide. A 12-month licence costs $50, but this weekend, people will be able to try freshwater fishing in WA's special licence-free weekend to mark Troutfest and Father's Day.


    Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly:


    "Our Government is committed to enhancing recreational fishing experiences in Western Australia for locals to enjoy a better day fishing, and also to boost tourism and drive economic growth in regional areas.


    "Freshwater fishing is an enjoyable, accessible and safe way for anglers to wet a line and provides a great getaway for families to fish in the beautiful natural environment of our South-West.  


    "Establishing the WA Inland Fisheries Advisory Committee is an exciting initiative to create better fishing experiences for locals and drive tourism in our South-West.


    "One of the strategies being considered by the committee is how to stock more angler-ready fish into more rivers and dams and expanding the capacity of the Pemberton trout hatchery ponds to grow more fish for stocking."


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