Legislative Council: Wednesday, October 18, 2023


Marine Scalefish Fishery

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI (Leader of the Opposition) (14:35): Supplementary—

The PRESIDENT: And the final supplementary question: this will be the fifth one.

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI: Why, then, has there been a 20 per cent increase in the sardine licence fee for further observation—for compliance, in regard to compliance?

Members interjecting:

The PRESIDENT: Minister, interjections are out of order.

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (14:36): The Leader of the Opposition asks about the changes to sardines. She needs to be aware that the marine scalefish fishery impacts the four key species of calamari, garfish, snapper and King George whiting, so her question is actually not to do with the original question at all. But we do encourage all of the different fishing sectors to be able to look at ways to improve the way that the fisheries are managed and in particular whether our technological solutions are to be open to being involved in those.