New fees for recreational fishers in WA

Recreational fishers from boats will need to pay for a licence under new rules to protect the state's most popular fishing spots, with the additional funds to be placed in a trust.


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Fact - The proposed licence fees will NOT reduce pressure on endangered demersal species. Fact - The proposed licence fees WILL result in a boom for the charter operators, WILL boost government coffers (funny coincidence that!), and WILL be remembered by every boat fishing recreational angler, at the next state elections. If Mr. Moore and the state goverment were being honest with themselves, they would acknowledge that the answer to species protection is seasonal lockouts, catch limits and strict law enforcement. Special attention should be applied to professional operators (and so called "by catch") plus professional charter fishing operators whose reputation and continued success hinges on repeated high catches. This is nothing short of revenue raising, but the government has not done a cost/benefit analysis!

how the heck is ripping off us fishermen going to benefit the fish?Norman Moore you need a cobbler where the sun don't shine if you think fees will be more effective than angler education.

With such a large number of recreational fishers operating out of boats this is just another money grabbing exercise by the WA Government. It seems to me that boat owners are viewed as a cash cow who will pay and pay just to pursue their passion. Why should a demersal fish attract such a high fee and how will this money be poured back into protecting them. By my sums, 50,000 boats in this region with 3 anglers on board will contribute $27,000,000 into Government coffers. Thats an awful lot of money, what are we going to get for it? Mind you this is already on top of the excessive costs that we pay for safety gear, ie its not GST free and its not subsidised.

50,000 boats with 3 fishers on board will contribute $27,000,000 in fees a year. Well sounds like our politicans will have dhufish more often from October on........

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An online petition was set up to voice concerns over the new Recreational Fishing License scheme introduced by Minister Norman Moore. Everyone has their own opinion on the issue of protecting our fish stocks and some may see this as a good step forward, however if you think this is just a money grab and a form of financial discrimination which will do little to protect the future of our recreational fishing industry please sign the petition. Below is the link to the petition. Once you have signed you’re directed to a donation page (just ignore that if you wish) your vote has been cast and the process is completely free. Sign the petition Check out the responses If you feel there are better ways to protect our fish stocks other than a tax on boaties and disagree with the Governments attitude that those that can afford a license for their families are the only ones allowed to catch fish write, fax and email the Minister. The Ministers contact detail are below. Hon. Norman Frederick Moore MLC BA Dip Ed Minister For Mines and Petroleum; Fisheries; Electoral Affairs Electorate Office: Level 1 8 Parliament Place West Perth WA 6005 Ph: (08) 9226 3550 Fax: (08) 9226 2976 Email: Email2: Ministerial Office: 4th Floor, London House 216 St Georges Terrace PERTH WA 600 Ph: (08) 9422 3000 Fax: (08) 9422 3001 Email:

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