Title

Managing the recreational catch of demersal scalefish on the West Coast. Future management scenarios for community consideration

Publication Date

9-2007

Series Number

No. 225

Publisher

Department of Fisheries Western Australia

City

Perth

Abstract

This paper discusses the major issues around controlling the total recreational catch. It also considers some of the tools available to manage the catch to specific target levels. The sustainability of fish species must be a key driver. However, the impacts on the social amenity of recreational fishing must also be taken into account. Any particular tool, if used on its own and to its full extent, may be rather “blunt” in its application and its impacts unacceptable to large parts of the community. The most effective and acceptable management package will probably be a mix of tools, supported by effective education, compliance and monitoring programs.

Number of Pages

50

Keywords

Recreational fishing, Demersal fish, Management.

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