Department of Fisheries Western Australia
The Minister for Fisheries established this review of open access (wetline) commercial fishery arrangements to provide a more effective management framework for wetline fishing and to complement the recreational initiatives. This must involve the removal of excess fishing capacity, including latent effort, from the fishery and the establishment of a dedicated commercial fishery with clear entry criteria and an appropriate limit on catch in each bioregion. However it must be made clear that the ‘wetline review’ is not a sectoral resource sharing exercise. Following the implementation of new management arrangements for the ‘wetline’ fisheries, the appropriateness of the existing levels of use between the various user groups in the West Coast region will be examined under the new integrated fisheries initiative.
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Line fishing, Commercial fishing, Western Australia, Fishery management, Fishing rights
Commercial Access Panel. (2005), Access and allocation arrangements for the Commercial 'Wetline' Fisheries. Proposals for discussion.. Department of Fisheries Western Australia, Perth. Report No. 191.
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