Demersal harvest strategy is now online

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has released the West Coast Demersal Scalefish Resource Harvest Strategy 2021-2025, which is now on its website.

The strategy has taken more than a year to develop with input from stakeholders, including WAFIC and Recfishwest and lays out a plan for managing the resource.

It also formalises the recovery strategy for the West Coast demersal resource and includes specific objectives for the fishery, specific measurables and control rules for when additional management is required.

Importantly, the harvest strategy outlines that a management response must be implemented as soon as practicable if an individual sector breaches a recovery benchmark.

Key to the strategy is the much-anticipated demersal stock assessment which is due to be released shortly.

This assessment will identify the current state of the fishery and stock numbers, which will trigger a range of activities to manage the fishery and ensure its sustainability.

The commercial industry looks forward to seeing the recovery get back on track as soon as possible.

You can read more about it and download a copy of the strategy from this link on the DPIRD Fisheries website.