Recfishwest is encouraged by the latest news from the WA Premier, Colin Barnett, that the iconic Abrolhos Islands are set to become a National Park that will both promote tourism while protecting it’s unique wilderness values and great fishing experiences. It is important to note that the proposed changes only affect the terrestrial portion (land) of the island chain and fishing rules and regulations will remain unchanged.
Recfishwest CEO Dr Andrew Rowland welcomed the announcement, suggesting management changes were needed to meet the challenges of increased public visitation to the islands in recent years.
“It is important that the Abrolhos Islands are actively managed to protect the things visiting fishers value most.”
“There’s always a fear that when management changes are made in highly valued areas, access to quality fishing is jeopardised by competing values. In this case we are pleased to see the importance of fishing has been recognised by the Premier in the recent announcement.
We look forward to hearing more about this proposal and representing the WA fishing community in what would be a great move toward making an iconic WA location, a well managed asset for the people of WA.
Recfishwest look forward to being involved in the discussions that shape what the opportunity may look like.
Read our Position Statement on Access to Sustainable Aquatic Resources here.
Or to learn more about fishing at the Abrolhos Islands visit www.ilovefishing.com.au