Working together for better fisheries management

14 Feb 2017
Minister Rushton: “Importantly, the agreement will provide greater certainty in operating conditions for fishers both at a state and Commonwealth level”

Minister Rushton: “Importantly, the agreement will provide greater certainty in operating conditions for fishers both at a state and Commonwealth level”

The Commonwealth and Western Australia have unveiled an agreement to work together to realign fisheries boundaries off Western Australia.

This agreement signed by the federal Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston and Western Australia Fisheries Minister, Joe Francis, will see both parties working collaboratively to successfully resolve complex interjurisdictional issues.

Minister Ruston said that the revised Offshore Constitutional Settlement (OCS) arrangement for the Commonwealth Western Deepwater Trawl and North West Slope Trawl fisheries was a practical solution that meets a number of key objectives for both the Commonwealth and WA governments, and importantly, both fishing industries.

“Importantly, the agreement will provide greater certainty in operating conditions for fishers both at a state and Commonwealth level,” she said.

Mr Francis said that stakeholder engagement had been pivotal to ensure an effective joint agreement.

“The views of interested parties were considered extensively throughout the process and the joint proposal was implemented following advice from stakeholders,” he said.

“In addition, part of the amended OCS arrangement involves fisheries management agencies working together to manage fishing impacts on any shared stocks through monitoring, research and management strategies.”

More information on the OCS is available from afma.gov.au

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