Share your views on fishing rule changes
The Department of Fisheries has undertaken a major review of all finfish size-limited across WA in an effort to reduce red tape and simplify the State’s fishing rules.
In the review, dubbed A Review of Size Limits for Finfish in WA, the department aims to ensure size limits contribute in a meaningful way to the sustainable management of individual species of fish.
Examples of the changes include removing size limited for non-sports fish such as Australian salmon and samson fish.
Chief executive office Dr Andrew Rowland said Recfishwest is calling out for the fishing community to have their say on the size limit review.
“At first glance, there seems to be some good rationale behind some of the proposals, while other we think need more work,” he said.
“We’re really keen to hear what the people on the ground think.”
With about 750,000 people going fishing in WA every year, according to Recfishwest, measuring catches is an important way fishers can help to maintain healthy fish stocks.
“Many current size limits are a result of years of ad hoc changes and the rationale behind current limits is sometimes unclear,” Dr Rowland said.
The policy on the application of fish size limits in WA was developed after requests from Recfishwest and WA’s Fishing Industry Council and was used in the development of the review that is now open for comment. Fisheries policy and strategic services director Nathan Harrison said the review was science based and would benefit all involved in fishing, both government entities and non-government entities.
“Where possible, size limits have been simplified and standardised for many commonly caught species,” he said.
Given the public consultation period as well as regulatory processes, the size limit changes will not be expected to be in place before early to mid 2017, according to Fisheries.
Details on how to make a submission during the six-week consultation period, which will close on December 23, are available on the public comment page at www.fish.wa.gov.au.