Fishing industry welcomes move as WA government puts proposed legislation on ice

New fishing laws a decade in the making have been put on hold by the Western Australian government just months before they are due to come into force. The Aquatic Resources Management Act (ARMA) was to be governing legislation for the recreational and commercial fishing industries, replacing the 1994 Fish Resources Management Act and the Pearling Act 1990.  It was due for enactment on November 1. However, mid-last month, the government told the industry it would be delayed indefinitely. WA Fishing Industry Council chief executive Darryl Hokey welcomed Fisheries Minister Don Punch’s move to delay the ARMA legislation, saying it was not ready due to “ambitious and rushed consultation” in its final preparation stages by a “gutted” state department. >click to read< 11:20

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