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Western Australia Minister for Fisheries Dave Kelly

A Win-Win Resolution For Long-Running Derby Fishing Conflict

Victor P Taffa

  • An exclusive recreational fishing zone off the Derby coast has been approved
  • Wild-caught barramundi will still be available through seafood suppliers
  • Long-term fishing conflict resolved by working with WAFIC and Recfishwest

Recreational fishing opportunities off the Derby coast are set to improve with Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly ordering a permanent commercial fishing closure for King Sound South, putting an end to a long-running fishing conflict.

“Resource sharing in waters around Derby has been a long-running issue. When I visited Derby last year and heard the community concerns I was determined to find a resolution to this conflict as soon as possible.” Minister for Fisheries Dave Kelly said.

“I congratulate WAFIC and Recfishwest for their work in reaching this agreement to improve fishing for Derby residents who enjoy catching a barra.”

Barramundi is an iconic fish for local and visiting recreational anglers in the north of the State and, similarly, many visiting tourists are keen to taste this premium table fish in cafés and restaurants throughout Western Australia.

Desire to maintain high quality recreational fishing experiences and place wild-caught barramundi on the plates of seafood lovers has led to a new resource sharing plan between commercial and recreational fishers in the waters near Derby.

Commercial closure has been ordered following mutual agreement between the Western Australia Fishing Industry Council, Recfishwest and the local community, following negotiations facilitated by the State Government.

“I am pleased that a resolution has been reached in Derby to a difficult issue which had created significant unrest in the community.” Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer said.

“For residents of Derby, fishing and in particular fishing for barramundi is an institution.”

This resolution sees the local commercial barramundi fisher receive financial compensation through a fisheries adjustment plan for the permanent relinquishment of a portion of the commercial fishery that includes important recreational fishing areas close to Derby.

King Sound South commercial fishing closure comes into force after a Section 43 notice is formally gazetted today.



WAFIC           Western Australia Fishing Industry Council


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