Recfishwest acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land and sea, and pay our respect to Elders past, present and future. We recognise the strength, resilience and capacity of traditional custodians in managing and caring for the land and sea. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to life in Western Australia.
What is the Government’s role in the marine park planning process?
WA Environment Reece Whitby and Fisheries Minister Don Punch revealed in February, 2022, consultation for a proposed Marmion Marine Park extension was underway.
Recfishwest will ensure recfishing values are understood during this process.
DBCA, in partnership with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPRID), is leading the consultation.
As joint managing agencies, it is up to DBCA and DPIRD to ensure processes the communities views are adequately captured and recognised in any marine park plans.
Consultation and design of the marine park has just commenced with a draft plan due for March, 2023.
The State Government noted the planning process was due to be complete in February, 2024.
How can I put forward my views on the proposed marine park?
While we are in a fortunate position of having some time to consolidate the views of recreational fishers, it is important that fishers who fish in Marmion marine park begin engaging with Recfishwest as soon as possible. You can do so in the following manners:
- Engage directly with Recfishwest. Call our office and speak directly with our Operations Lead Matt Gillett, who is responsible for engaging the community on the proposed Marmion Marine Park extension;
- When the time comes, make a submission to Government on the DRAFT management plan. This is scheduled for March, 2023 check. Recfishwest will keep you updated as the time to put in a submission gets closer.