FISHERIES — BOAT
LIMIT — DHUFISH
913. Hon RICK MAZZA to the minister representing the
Minister for Fisheries:
I refer to the current Western Australian
dhufish boat limit of two fish.
(1) Is the state
government considering increasing the current boat limit of two dhufish?
(2) If not, when
will the state government consider lifting the limit?
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of this question. On behalf of the Minister for Regional Development
representing the Minister for Fisheries, I provide the following answer.
(1) There is
currently no proposal under consideration to increase the boat limit on
(2) The boat
limit for dhufish and other management arrangement measures were introduced
between 2008 and 2010 to assist the recovery of the west coast demersal
scalefish resource. A 2017 stock assessment indicated that stocks have not
recovered to acceptable levels. Management arrangements for west coast demersal
scalefish will be reviewed over the next 12 months.