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Question Without Notice No. 913 asked in the Legislative Council on 10 October 2018 by Hon Rick Mazza

Minister responding: Hon D.J. Kelly
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 10 October 2018

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?

Hon DARREN WEST replied:

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 dhufish.

(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.