Anglers and industry back shark fishery plan
Plans for a commercial shark fishery in the North West would bring significant benefits to anglers, according to the region’s fishing clubs and commercial fishing industry representatives.
The Pilbara News approached several recreational fishing clubs and the WA Fishing Industry Council after news of a push to reopen the North West Cape to commercial shark fishing emerged last week.
Exmouth Game Fishing Club president Jeni Gates said the lack of shark fishing, commercially or recreationally, had led to an imbalance in the marine ecosystem.
“The main thing that I’ve always said is that people don’t understand that there are, I believe, over 100 species … of shark in WA,” she said.
“They hear that a shark (species) is endangered and they think sharks are just all sharks, so they don’t understand the different types of species.
“They don’t understand that some species may be vulnerable but some of them are quite heavily populated.”
WA Fishing Industry Council chief executive John Harrison said the expansion or reopening of WA’s shark fishery would see many benefits.
“Expanding WA’s shark fishery potentially offers exportearning opportunities and the creation of additional WA jobs, as well as supplying local markets with sustainably sourced seafood that may be less responsibly fished in other jurisdictions,” he said.