Federal help sought for shark fishing

Federal help sought for shark fishing crackdown The Western Australian Fisheries Minister will ask his federal counterparts for assistance to tighten the control of shark fishing by foreign vessels off the Kimberley coast in the state’s north.

Jon Ford has approved a 20-year ban on shark fishing from North West Cape to Broome.

The closure addresses scientific concerns that finning is threatening a number of sharks, in particular the sandbar species, which is close to being fished out of existence.

Waters between Broome and Cape Leveque will not be covered, but efforts will be made to reduce target shark fishing in the area by 80 per cent over the next year.

Mr Ford says foreign fishing vessels in Australia’s northern waters is also a big risk to shark stocks.

“I can only govern the local fishery which is very responsible, it’s been my experience,” he said.

“However, we do have a problem with our neighbours in the north coming down and targeting specific species and we do have a compliance issue.

“I’d like to sit down with my Commonwealth counterparts and work out what we can do to give added protection to our fish stocks.”

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