Marine parks representation

As the State’s peak recreational fishing body, Recfishwest’s purpose is to ensure great fishing experiences for all in the WA community, forever.

Our commitment is to protect, promote and develop sustainable, accessible, enjoyable and safe fishing for the benefit of the community.

Recfishwest will advocate directly to decision-makers to ensure that recreational fishing values are understood throughout the planning process.

To find out more about a specific marine park planning process check out the links below:

Proposed Buccaneer Archipelago marine parks

Proposed South Coast Marine Park 

Proposed expansion of Marmion Marine Park 

Where we stand on marine parks 

Recfishwest supports marine parks that are created for the purpose of recreation, science, education, conservation and enhanced visitor experiences.

Marine parks should be underpinned by peer-reviewed science and must be implemented using simple, practical management that is risk-based, transparent and subject to regular review.

Recfishwest believes that recreational fishing is largely compatible with the conservation objectives of marine parks and is an activity that must be recognised as a key value when formulating
management plans.

Any loss of access for recreational purposes must be based on evidence that such activity poses an unacceptable risk to the conservation objectives of the marine park and should be avoided where possible.

Marine parks should aim to improve recreational fishing experiences with no net loss of amenity.