Fishing industry in Western Australia gets $6m boost
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Western Australia’s (WA) recreational fishing industry is to receive a $6 million boost as part of the state’s COVID-19 recovery plan.
The funding from the McGowan Government will be used to build new artificial reefs, improve fish stocks and support fishing tourism, sustaining more than 1,300 jobs and creating around 40 new ones.
The package, developed with Recfishwest, also includes a new state-wide marketing campaign to drive locals and tourists to WA’s fishing locations.
“Recreational fishing is worth an estimated $2.4 billion annually to WA and has an impressive history of supporting regional economies through tourism,” said Premier Mark McGowan.
“Recreational fishers support communities and towns across WA as they travel to their favourite fishing spots. By developing these new fishing opportunities we aim to encourage Western Australians to holiday within the state and produce wider community benefits under WA’s Recovery Plan.”
The package includes the installation of a special shallow water reef off Albany and further structures off two other towns. There will be a ‘significant boost’ to fish stocks in Perth’s metropolitan waters and species such as yellowtail kingfish will support the 50 charter fishing boats operating off the Perth coast.
In addition, one million barramundi will be released annually into Lake Kununurra.