Media Statement: Cockburn Sound Crab Fishery to Remain Closed

November 25, 2014

MEDIA STATEMENT
Cockburn Sound Crab Fishery to Remain Closed

Recfishwest will be working to ensure that the Cockburn Sound crab fishery will be reopened as soon as stocks have sufficiently recovered and will keep the community up to date on any developments on this important fishery.

Environmental factors such as pollution and habitat degradation are the most likely cause of a decline in Blue Swimmer Crab numbers resulting in the early closure of the Cockburn Sound crab fishery in May this year.

Recfishwest Chief Executive Officer Andrew Rowland says the organisation has been working closely with the Department of Fisheries to assess the area’s Blue Swimmer Crab resource.

“The continued closure of the fishery is very disappointing and appears most likely environmental impacts on surrounding marine habitat and water quality,” Dr Rowland said.

“This stock decline highlights the need to ensure that good water quality and habitat is maintained to safeguard this important fishery so the community can continue to enjoy this favourite pastime on the door step of the metro area.”

“It is critical that all relevant agencies in this area work to identify the cause of this decline in crab stocks so that we can better understand how to limit future impacts on the aquatic environment of Cockburn Sound.”

Recfishwest advocates for sustainable fishing resources and policies that ensure long term benefits to all recreational fishers.

For more information on Recfishwest visit www.recfishwest.org.au or phone 9246 3366.

 

Media Contact: Recfishwest – Tim Grose 9246 3366