Legislative Council: Tuesday, November 28, 2023


Blue Swimmer Crabs

The Hon. N.J. CENTOFANTI (Leader of the Opposition) (14:55): My question is to the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development regarding blue swimmer crab sustainability. Is the minister able to comment on the sustainability of the blue swimmer crab commercial fishery?

The Hon. C.M. SCRIVEN (Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Minister for Forest Industries) (14:56): I am happy to take the question on notice in terms of detail but, as members would be aware, sustainability is really the overriding principle of this government and, to be fair, I think it was certainly the goal of previous governments of both persuasions as well. In terms of making sure that we have sustainable fisheries going forward, the focus on sustainability has to be paramount. I am happy to provide additional information on notice.