Residents may act as fishing rangers
The Federal Fisheries Minister is encouraging the Western Australian Government to go ahead with a proposal to pay residents of remote Aboriginal communities to be fishing rangers.
Residents at One Arm Point, north of Broome, made the offer to the Gallop Government to try to stop illegal fishermen plundering their stocks of shark and trochus shell.
A similar program is operating in the Northern Territory.
Fisheries Minister Ian Macdonald says the Gallop Government needs to take some responsibility for protecting Western Australia’s coastline.
“The shark fishery in the north-west is a state fishery, not a Commonwealth fishery, that in no way lessens the Commonwealth’s obligation to protect our borders and protect our fish stocks,” he said.
“But I do think the State Government equally has a responsibility and I think any action by the State Government in this regard is very welcome