voluntary fishing scheme – The Western Australian Government says it wants more Esperance residents to join a voluntary fishing program so the wider community has a better understanding of recreational fishing activities.
Fisheries Minister Jon Ford says the south-east coastline has the second highest level of recreational fishing in the state, making it an important social and economic activity.
Presently there are six volunteers for the voluntary program.
The Department of Fisheries’ senior district officer, David Wilkins, says the region has just two compliance officers who have the responsibility of monitoring catch sizes.
In comparison, Albany has three officers and the south-west four.
Mr Wilkins says volunteers are heavily relied on.
“There’s that much diversity and complexity with the fish rules that we need…as many people as we can to give us a hand,” he said