Funding boost for more marron

Jacinta CantatoreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke, WA Premier Mark McGowan and RecFish West chief executive officer Andrew Rowland release juvenile marron into Harvey Dam.
Camera IconMurray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke, WA Premier Mark McGowan and RecFish West chief executive officer Andrew Rowland release juvenile marron into Harvey Dam.

Recreational marron fishing is set to get a big boost through the latest round of funding from the Recreational Fishing Initiative Fund.

As part of a visit to the South West, WA Premier Mark McGowan announced $500,000 towards stocking 300,000 marron, as well as habitat enhancement projects.

The State Government will also invest about $3 million in fishing licence fees to create better recreational fishing experiences throughout WA.

Mr McGowan made the announcement while helping release juvenile marron, grown at the State Government’s Pemberton hatchery, into Harvey Dam on Sunday.

“Fishing is not only a great way to get outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine, but also an important contributor to our economy,” he said.

Mr McGowan said about 700,000 recreational fishers in WA spent an estimated $2.4 billion a year.

“With our latest investment of almost $3 million in stocking programs, habitat enhancement projects and an artificial reef for Carnarvon we hope to see recreational fishing tourism grow,” he said.

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly said the State’s recreational fishing was looking “better than ever” with freshwater fish stocking, new artificial reefs in development for the metropolitan area and Carnarvon, as well as habitat enhancement projects across WA.

“These latest projects don’t just deliver on our commitment for sustainable fishing, but will ensure Western Australians can continue to have enjoyable, unique fishing experiences across the State,” Mr Kelly said.

“This will support jobs and the economy, particularly in regional areas.”

More than 10,800 licensed marron fishers take part in the month-long fishing season, which will get under way at 12pm on January 8 and continue until 12pm on February 5, 2020.

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