WAFIC heartened by marine reserve announcement of Federal Government

The Western Australian Fishing Industry Council (WAFIC) welcomes the release today of the proposed Commonwealth’s Marine Reserve Network.

“We are delighted that the South-west Corner Reserve in deep water will be amended to allow for fishing activities such as pelagic longlining. Whilst there is currently a low level of longline activity the amendments will preserve the important issue of prospectivity in these waters for future sustainable fishing.” WAFIC CEO John Harrison said today.

“It will also assist in the practical operations of longlining in that lines that drift into these zones will be permitted.”

“In addition, the zoning proposed for part of the Bremer Bay Reserve will allow existing scallop trawling to continue which is very pleasing and testament of the very low impact scallop trawling has over soft bed sediment.”

“Thirdly, changing the sanctuary zones within the Geographe Reserve to habitat protection zones does make for some future prospect for fishing methods like purse seining in those two zones to be permitted.”