Publication Date


Series Number

No. 195


Department of Fisheries Western Australia




This report (‘Nature and Extent of Rights to Fish in Western Australia’) is not a policy document. It has been written to assist Government and stakeholders alike in reaching a common position on the issue of fisheries access rights in Western Australia. The report is intended to inform policy makers and stakeholders in gaining an understanding of fisheries legislation in Western Australia and the mechanisms and implications of resource allocation shifts. Its main use will be as a reference document and not a full treatise on the law. The report examines the common law position in the waters in respect of which Western Australia can regulate fishing and therefore generally limits itself to an examination of rights in tidal fisheries and the effect of wider fisheries legislation.

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Fishing rights, Fishery management, Common law, Western Australia


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