Last week, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) released the draft West Coast Demersal Harvest Strategy for public comment. Continue reading “West coast demersal harvest strategy draft released for public comment – your comments wanted”
In August, Recfishwest expressed “bitter disappointment” after the State Government accepted the Westport Taskforce’s flawed recommendation to build a new port in Cockburn Sound. Continue reading “Seeking answers around the future of Cockburn Sound fishing from key decision-makers”
UPDATE: As of 1 July, 2021, all boats across WA line fishing for demersal species must carry a release weight.
To give undersized or unwanted demersal fish experiencing barotrauma the best chance of survival a release weight should be used. Continue reading “Using release weights to protect demersals”
The west coast demersal closure ends today with dhuies, pinkies and baldies all back on the Chrissie lunch menu from tomorrow, 16 December.
Divers, families, boaties and fishers are being urged rally around next month for a community-driven seeding project to restore Cockburn Sound’s seagrass – an important nursery ground for many fish species. Continue reading “One million seeds to rejuvenate Cockburn Sound’s seagrass snapper sanctuary”
Recfishwest recently asked west coast demersal recfishers to participate in a survey regarding the fishery’s future. Continue reading “West coast demersal survey response shows recfishers care passionately about the fishery’s future”
In a positive development relating around the management of dhufish and pink snapper in the West Coast Bioregion, the Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development (DPIRD) has set up a working group to develop a west coast demersal scalefish fishery harvest strategy.
Last December, DPIRD released the latest research on the status of west coast demersal scalefish stocks at the 10-year mark of the recovery plan.
The report noted there were good signs of recovery for this important and popular fishery, especially in the South West. However, the document also reported that there were some areas that were showing evidence of only limited recovery. The next full stock assessment is due, Recfishwest has been told by DPIRD, in late 2020.
The harvest strategy group is made up of eight representatives including one from Recfishwest and others from the recreational, commercial and charter sectors, as well as DPIRD.
“The harvest strategy will contain clearly defined management actions linked to the recovery of our favourite fish and should give us all confidence that dhuies and snapper, which are community owned resources, are being effectively managed to achieve agreed objectives,” said Recfishwest CEO Andrew Rowland.
To help Recfishwest represent your interests on the working group and develop the best harvest strategy possible, Recfishwest is encouraging recfishers to outline their views through the west coast demersal scalefish fishery survey.
“It should only take you a few minutes to fill in and by responding you will be having a say in the future of this great fishery,” Dr Rowland said.
“We’ve been asking the Department for a harvest strategy for some time now for this fishery as it clearly sets out a framework and roadmap for fisheries management decisions with clear objectives, assessments, trigger points and decision rules.”
Dr Rowland said it was important to note that a harvest strategy does not deal with specific fishing rules such as bag and size limits, but rather sets broad scale biological, economic and social objectives around how the fishery should be managed.
“We strongly believe in fisheries management transparency and, rest assured, we will be reporting back to you on each meeting of the working group and will share with you the draft harvest strategy for further comments and input,” he said.
“We want to ensure future generations of West Aussie fishers can continue to enjoy catching dhuies and pinkies. So, we’ll be doing everything in our power to make sure this special fishery continues to provide great fishing experiences, forever.”
Hundreds of keen fishers gathered at the Cockburn Power Boats Club to learn about the latest fishing techniques and science around the ever-popular Cockburn Sound pink snapper fishery. Continue reading “Anglers show their passion for pinkies at Cockburn Power Boats Club night”
A decision to donate multiple dhuie and pink snapper frames to the latest West Coast demersal scalefish stock assessment has booked Lisa Woolfenden on a six-day charter to the Montebello Islands – and she’s amped! Continue reading “Send Us Your Skeletons winner set for fishing trip of a lifetime to the magnificent Montebellos”
Recfishwest is bitterly disappointed that our persistent and serious concerns around any development on Cockburn Sound’s environment and fish stocks have been repeatedly ignored by the Westport Taskforce. Continue reading “Cockburn Sound’s pink snapper stocks on the line after State Government accepts Taskforce’s flawed report”