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Tuesday 21 September 2021

WA in the spotlight for this week's World Fisheries Congress

The 8th World Fisheries Congress is underway this week and runs until Friday, bringing together the collective efforts of fisheries scientists and managers, commercial, recreational, Indigenous and charter fishers, aquaculture operators and marine biologists.   

This Congress is operating out of Adelaide and, to meet the COVID challenges, it has been designed as a virtual conference event, with more than 1,400 submissions from the fisheries community across the world – including managers and scientists from Western Australia’s Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.

WA has a great story to share with the interstate and international audience joining in to view or engage in the multiple sessions running simultaneously. 

Earlier this year, the Australian Institute of Marine Science biannual report on marine industries confirmed that Western Australia is the leading commercial fisheries jurisdiction in the nation.   

We have 45 commercial fisheries, mainly based on low-volume, high value products. Our State also boasts a strong and vibrant recreational sector that enjoys world-class fishing experiences as well as a developing aquaculture sector, which is setting up an even brighter fisheries future.

DPIRD’s Deputy Director General Heather Brayford said this World Fisheries Congress has provided a great opportunity to share WA’s sustainability credentials, along with our successes and challenges, with our international and interstate counterparts.

“In our presentations to the congress, including more than a dozen papers from our highly motivated DPIRD fisheries team, we are letting the world know about the way we monitor fishing and the fisheries and aquaculture operations along more than 12,000 kilometres of coastline,” Mrs Brayford said.

“WA not only has a long coastline, but it is also diverse – from tropical to temperate waters that are home to a range of finfish and invertebrates. Our key species being western rock lobster, demersal finfish, abalone and prawns. 

“Currently 98 per cent of our State’s fisheries are not at risk from fishing and any shifts in risks help us determine where management actions need to be focussed.  

“We have a history of innovative fisheries management. In 2000, Western Rock Lobster was the first fishery in the world to achieve the gold standard in sustainability and receive Marine Stewardship Council certification. It has regularly undergone rigorous recertification ever since.

“Ten of our WA fisheries now have the sustainability tick from the Marine Stewardship Council.” 
More information on the presentations of DPIRD Deputy Director Heather Brayford and others, from DPIRD’s fisheries scientists, are available on the World Fisheries Congress website​.

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