WAFIC Board Opposes Government Owning Fishing Entitlements

The WAFIC Board, at its final meeting for 2018, and, under the stewardship of the new Chair Dr Ron Edwards, has provided unequivocal support for the Western Rock Lobster Council’s (WRLC) stance opposing the Western Australian Government (WAG) proposal to own a 17.3 percent share of the western rock lobster fishery.

Dr Edwards said, “there has got to be a better way to generate the revenue the Minister speaks of other than Government ownership. What is proposed is unacceptable to industry. We are united with the WRLC and support them rejecting the proposal and seeking secure resource rights.”

The WAFIC Board met with the Minister for Fisheries, Dave Kelly, along with senior personnel from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) including Ralph Addis, the Director General.

“The conversation (with all parties) extended for almost 2 hours and included the Chair and CEO of the WRLC. We were pleased to have this early meeting,” said Dr Edwards.

“Following the departure of the Minister, and shortly later his entourage, the WAFIC Board and WRLC representatives agreed for both organisations to work closely and in total collaboration to oppose the issue of additional lobster units being allocated to the WA Government and, to secure resource rights. We would like to discuss with the Government alternative options to this proposal.”

“The WAFIC Board endorsed the need for unity across industry,” Dr Edwards concluded.

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