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Legal Net Puts Oz Industry in a Tangle

AUSTRALIA - Restricting fisheries laws in West Australia is preventing the industry from keeping pace with the global aquaculture boom, the Department of Fisheries has warned.

The West Australia reports that Fisheries chief executive Stuart Smith claimed the growing pressure on wild fish stocks in WA had been highlighted in recent months, with particular attention on dhufish and juvenile rock lobster stocks.

Mr Smith, former deputy director general of the Department of Industry and Resources, said aquaculture had been “underdone” in WA and one of the department’s focuses in 2009 would be a revamp of legislation to facilitate big projects.

Figures from the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation show aquaculture worldwide has grown from 3.9 per cent of total fisheries production in 1970 to about 40 per cent, reported The West Australia.

the Fish Site Editor

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