Western Australia’s government has backed a plan for investment in recreational fishing in the state, designed to build its reputation as one of the best fishing destinations in the world.
The proposal has been drawn up by Recfishwest and maps out a three-year period for developing recreational fishing in the state.
It seeks to drive innovation, maximise tourism potential and drive investment, while balancing the long-term sustainability of the state’s fish resources, with Recfishwest playing a co-stewardship role.
With more than 12,000 kilometres of coastline, offshore islands and inland fishing opportunities, recreational fishing attracts $2.4 billion into Western Australia’s local economies annually, says Recfishwest. Some 750,000 people go fishing across the state.
Fisheries Minister, Don Punch, said the Mark McGowan government remained committed to funding Recfishwest and using 25% of the annual fishing licence fees to improve recreational fishing.
“We can expect to see more artificial reefs installed, including at Albany, Kalbarri and Broome, providing more places to fish and the continuation of projects like stocking and the use of fish aggregation devices to ensure there are more fish to reel in,” he added.
“Other development opportunities identified through the plan include improving access for both land and boat-based fishers, developing our freshwater fisheries and embracing digital innovation solutions to validate recreational catches.
“I look forward to seeing the State Government and Recfishwest work together to deliver on this plan over the next three years.”