Australian Anglers Association, (WA Division) Inc.

Australian Anglers Association
(WA Division) Inc.

Secretary
PO Box 2200
Marmion, 6020
Western Australia
aaawa@iinet.net.au
(08) 9403 7383

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AAA submissions on important issues affecting recreational fishing in Western Australia.

The Association believes it has a role in passing on its members' comments and experience in commenting on important issues affecting recreational fishing in Western Australia. Hopefully, our comments will help to look after the interests of all Western Australians.

In recent years, changes have been proposed which would affect access to some recreational fishing areas and the rules governingrecreational fishing in Western Australia.

It is in everyone's interests to "Fish for the Future", and so the Association actively encourages and supports restraint in recreational fishing, and many of our members and clubs voluntarily limit their catches to less than the quantity of fish allowed under the WA Department of Fisheries recreational fishing regulations.

The Association supports proposals for conservation and controls, where there is data which shows that changes are needed, and where they will be effective and will share the effort and impact among all involved parties.

Unfortunately, in our opinion, it seems that some of the proposals are not supported by the facts and don't seem to be able to achieve what they say they are trying to achieve. And some are not sharing the changes between all the groups involved.

These submissions and papers, and some follow ups, are:-

Fishing platforms

Report to Recfishwest on loss of access for recreational fishing to fishing platforms and jetties in Western Australia February 2013

AAAWA comments on proposal to close fishing access to City Beach groyne

The above submission was in response to an invitation for public comments on the proposal by Town of Cambridge, October 2012. The proposal also restricts fishing access to the Floreat (northern) groyne.

Recreational Fishing Rules.

Association's letter to Recfishwest with concerns about the Department of Fisheries January 2013.

Association's letter to Recfishwest about errors and omissions in the State Wide Recreational Fishing Guide February 2013 and associated parts of the Fisheries website and Fish Resources Management Act Regulations. April 2013.

Association's letter to Recfishwest about rules for West Coast demersal fishing with references to statements about the timetable for and delays in delivering the review. April 2013.

Association's response to Fisheries Management Paper 252 using the paper version of Recfishwest's "Have your say" document.

Association's Demersal fishing submission to Fisheries Minister March 2009 as part of the review of proposals for management of recreational fishing in the West Coast region.

Association response 22 April 2008 covering the Minister for Fisheries' paper "Recommended changes to recreational fishing of vulnerable iconic fish" and Fisheries Management Paper 228, "Strategy for Managing the Recreational Catch of Demersal Scalefish in the West Coast Bioregion"

Association's comments on Fisheries Management Paper Number 187 "Proposals for Community Discussion on the Future Management of Pink Snapper in Cockburn Sound and Surrounding Waters."

Association's comments on Fisheries Management Paper Number 182 "A Quality Future for Recreational Fishing in the South Coast"

In July 2003, the Association asked Minister for Fisheries for some simple changes to the proposed new rules about theDefinition of Fillets in Possession Limits, and Filleting of Fish at Sea. We finally received a reply from the Minister for Fisheries dated 30 September, which has shown that the Department of Fisheries has ignored some of the important issues we raised when they prepared the reply.

Following the release of the details of the new regulations starting 1 October 2003, we obtained copies of the new Recreational fishing regulations, checked these out and found problems and inconsistencies between the Minister's reply, the regulations and the publicity, and followed these up with three separate letters in late October 2003, covering:- Limits On shore fishing on Rottnest Island Rules , Filleting &WholeFish Rules , and Filleting At Sea Rules

Following extended negotiations between the Australian Anglers Association, Recfishwest, the Department of Fisheries and the Fisheries Minister and his staff, pushed along quite a bit by the publicity and a "Disallowance Motion" by the National Party, in December 2003 the Fisheries Minister has finally agreed to some changes to the Recreational Fishing regulations.

The Association has requested to be advised of the details of the changes to the regulations before they are gazetted.We have received a reply from the Minister confirming that the recreational fishing regulations currently being drafted (late January 2004) by Parliamentary Council will be discussed with Recfishwest and the Australian Anglers Association (AAA), prior to the regulations being finalised.

The Minister also advised that cautions will be issued rather than prosecutions over the coming6 months, and that he expects the regulation changes will come in by February 2004. But that hasn't happened up to mid April 2004, see AAA's letter demanding publicity about the regulation changes following Department of Fisheries' letter advising of further delays. and the reply received from Department of Fisheries about the delays and lack of publicity.

In November 2001, the Association prepared comments on the West Coast and Gascoyne Recreational Fisheries reviews at the early stages of the discussions. This was prepared using some input from beach clubs' and boat clubs' submissions, and existing AAA policies.

In September 2001, the Association had a very useful meeting with the Minister for Fisheries to discuss the West Coast and Gascoyne Reviews, Jurien Bay Marine Park, and several other issues.

Terrestrial Reserves.

AAA comments on Shark Bay Terrestrial Reserves and Proposed Reserve Additions - Draft Management Plan 2007

The above submission was in response to an invitation for public comments on the draft plan. Minister for the Environment media statement (link opens in a new window) Wed 30 April, 2008 titled "New plan, new website for Shark Bay"

The full 300 page draft management plan was available on http://www.naturebase.net/content/view/3297/1340/ before 7 July 2008, but this link now asks for a login and password for this part of the Dept of Environment and Conservation website.

Camping.

For many years, restrictions on camping have made it a problem to find somewhere to stay while overnight fishing. The Association has made some Comments on the Caravan and Camping Act Review 2005

Rottnest Proposals for No Fishing Zones.

We are incensed at the misinformation and the manipulation by the Rottnest Island Authority in the development, content, documentation and public consultation of these proposals, which are partly covered on http://www.rottnestisland.com . Note:- The documentation on that website is incomplete and misleading.

As a first step, the Association wrote a letter to the Premier and some Cabinet Ministers setting out the serious concerns about these.

Detailed comments have now been prepared on these proposals in the Association's July 2006 comments on the draft Rottnest Island Marine Management Strategy

At an early stage the priority should be to get the government to understand just how bad the consultation, lack of real science, lack of real benefits, very poor documentation, and the very biased consultation being pushed by the Rottnest Island Board. These points have been made very strongly in recent newspaper articles and radio interviews by Recfishwest and fishing writers.

The AAA letter to the Premier and Ministers covers all this in some more detail, and people can extract and copy and use whatever they like out of that to get this first message through to the Government. This message is the key to forcing the Rottnest Island Authority to properly consult with recreational anglers over Rottnest.

The Government has an opportunity to take visionary steps to properly protect and manage the entire metro marine area. It also has an obligation to the fish, to the environment and to the present and future citizens of WA.

Changes at Rottnest must be properly integrated into much wider Fisheries Management in Perth Metro Area.

Urgent action should be taken to properly address the real threats in the entire greater metro area (at least Cape Bouvard to Moore River), and deliver real benefits.

This action must specifically and urgently address excessive fishing pressures and the depletion of some fish species.

These metro measures should include special attention to Rottnest.

Through that, benefits for Rottnest will be achieved which will be many times greater than can ever be achieved by the type of isolated actions in the Rottnest proposals.

Fishing in Perth Metropolitan Area and Nearby.

Fishing in the Perth metro area has changed a lot over the past 20 to 30 years, and not for the better. Some background on what the future is, and what needs to be done is in Fisheries Management in Perth Metro Area - includes the link to a draft discussion paper titled "Zone 5", August 2005.

Commercial Fishing.

In February 2006, the Minister for Fisheries released the revised Wetline Review Fisheries Management Papers 205-207 for public comments.

Here are AAA's comments on these papers prepared in March 2006

In January 2005, the Department of Fisheries released three papers dealing with the long awaited outcomes of the Wetline Commercial Fishing Reviews.

AAA has prepared a submission on each of these papers. These are:-

AAA's submission on Fisheries Management Paper 189 "Proposed Management Arrangements for the Gascoyne Commercial 'Wetline' Fishery."

AAA's submission on Fisheries Management Paper 190 "Proposed Management Arrangements for the West Coast Commercial 'Wetline' Fishery."

AAA's submission on Fisheries Management Paper 191 "Access and Allocation Arrangements for the Commercial 'Wetline' Fisheries"

In November 2003, AAA put in a AAA's Wetline Review Submission November 2003 in response to a call by Department of Fisheries for submissions.

Letter of 20 March 2003 to Minister for Fisheries about the delays in the Management of the Commercial Catch of Finfish and the Minister's reply received in early May 2003

The Association's February 2003 comments on the Integrated Fisheries Management Review Committee Report Fisheries Management Paper 165 which was released for public comments in late 2002.

In September 2001, the Association had a very useful meeting with the Minister for Fisheries to discuss the West Coast and Gascoyne Reviews, Jurien Bay Marine Park, and several other issues.

Marine Reserves.

The Association has prepared comments on the proposed Zoning Scheme for the Ningaloo Marine Park. and comments on the Ningaloo Marine Park Draft Management Plan

The Association is closely following the planning process for the proposed Capes Marine Reserves, covering from Geographe Bay south east of Cape Naturaliste to east of Cape Leeuwin and the Cape to Cape areas in between. References, links and submissions are on the Capes Marine Reserves Submissions pages.

The Association's comments on the Proposed Jurien Bay Marine Park Indicative Management Plan prepared in January 2001. This was prepared using some input from beach clubs' and boat clubs' submissions, and existing AAA policies.

In September 2001, the Association had a very useful meeting with the Minister for Fisheries to discuss the West Coast and Gascoyne Reviews, Jurien Bay Marine Park, and several other issues.

Fish Habitat Protection Areas, Jetty Closures, and Fishing Spots.

The Association's letter August 2002 and follow up written submission May 2003 to the Shire of Busselton objecting to the closure of part of Busselton Jetty which would have closedthe entire end of the jetty banning any recreational fishing and reserving that area for divers only.

In February 2004, the Association wrote to the Fremantle Port Authority asking for an upgrade to fishing spots at North Mole while they are doing repairs to severe storm damage. We have since received a reply from the Fremantle Port Authority.

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This page last updated 27 April 2013.

Australian Anglers Association
(WA Division) Inc.

Secretary
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aaawa@iinet.net.au
(08) 9403 7383
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