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No. 22


Fisheries Department Western Australia




Most of the Western Australian pilchard catch comes from King George Sound and from the southern coast off Albany where the number of vessels allowed to catch has been controlled. Prospects for increasing production in this area are limited. However, there are indications that considerable quantities of pilchards could be caught in waters to the east and west of Albany, in the inshore declared purse seine development zone. Before allowing fisherman to catch more pilchards in these waters, the Western Australian Government decided that an investigation should be undertaken of the Australian pilchard resources, the domestic and export market situation and the economics of the industry, including the possible establishment of sardine canning. In 1988 the Minister of Fisheries commissioned SCP Fisheries Consultants Australia Pty Ltd to undertake the study.

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Pilchards, Fishery economics, Marketing Research, Western Australia.


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