Plan to get more fishers on the hunt
The State Government has implemented a commercial fishing licence buyback scheme to increase recreational fisher numbers on the Peel-Harvey Estuary.
The scheme will allow for a wider recreational allocation for the popular blue swimmer crab and yellowfin whiting in the waterways near Mandurah.
Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly said $1.5 million had been allocated to the buyback scheme, partly from the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund.
“The Peel-Harvey Estuary has been a source of conflict between the recreational and commercial sectors over access to blue swimmer crabs and yellowfin whiting catches,” Mr Kelly said.
“This scheme is aimed at removing that conflict.”
Binning up Fishing Club commo- dore Ken Upton said he was happy to see a bigger catch pool for amateur fishers.
“It’s great news, Fisheries are on the right path creating opportunities for the recreational fishing industry,” Mr Upton said.
“They’ll be optimistic knowing they can go up there and catch a feed.
“I’m happy to see Fisheries police it harder.”
Mr Upton said the Peel-Harvey and Leschenault estuaries were the two main areas in the region for catching blue swimmer crabs, which are the most popular recreational crab in WA.
Western Australian Fishing Industry Council chief executive officer John Harrison said it was great to see the commercial and recreational industry working together for the greater good.
Applications for the commercial licence buyback close on April 30, 2019.