16/03/2012 - 15:01

Fisheries gain $14.5m for sustainability research

16/03/2012 - 15:01

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Fisheries gain $14.5m for sustainability research

Fisheries Minister Norman Moore has committed $14.5 million over the next four years to seek sustainability certification for the state’s commercial fisheries.

The program will initially receive a $6.5 million capital injection, with funding of a further $2 million each year to support research and management.

Mr Moore said the certification would confirm the state’s fisheries among the world’s best.

“We must embrace this as an opportunity for our commercial fisheries,” Mr Moore said.

“European and US fisheries are already well down this path and we must ensure the state keeps pace with how our fisheries are managed and critiqued.”

Mr Moore said the WA Fishing Industry Council supported the project.

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