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Australian Fisheries Budget Drops

AUSTRALIA - In a nod to the tough economic climate, the State Government has reduced the Department of Fisheries aggregate spending to $59.9million in 2009-10 without reducing frontline services.

Fisheries Minister Norman Moore said the reduction from $61million in 2008-09 delivered on the Liberal-National Government’s three per cent efficiency dividend.

He said the aggregate spending for 2009-10 also reflected some increased revenue inflows.

“The department met its efficiency dividend target after cutbacks that reduced office support services, restructured compliance arrangements, cut the use of consultants and reviewed aquaculture research,” Mr Moore said.

“We will continue to make tough decisions to ensure the sustainability of Western Australia’s fish stocks and support effective management of our marine resources.

“Not only does our fishing industry support families and communities throughout WA, our marine environment offers a lifestyle that is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of recreational fishers.”

the Fish Site Editor

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