The offshore oil and gas industry is a very important component of Western Australia’s economy and a significant player in the shared marine environment.

Although the economic scale of WA’s commercial fishing industry is smaller than oil and gas by some orders of magnitude, fishing, pearling and aquaculture remain a crucial part of the State’s economic, social, cultural, environmental and heritage perspective – particularly in regional WA.

WAFIC continues to work closely with the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) for activities in commonwealth waters, the Department of Mines, Industry, Regulations and Safety (DMIRS) for activities in state waters and also engages regularly with the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) – the offshore oil and gas sector’s peak body.

WAFIC is working closely with the offshore industry to ensure open and transparent consultation takes place between the commercial fishing and oil, gas and seismic sectors – commercial fishers are often the only “relevant and potentially affected parties” to offshore activities.

WAFIC also offers oil and gas proponents, on a fee-for-service basis, commercial fishing stakeholder consultation for NOPSEMA, DMIRS and other environment plans.

For further information please contact Carli Telfer via oilandgas@wafic.org.au