Announcing the changes in Geraldton today, Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said the Liberal National Government wanted to provide tourists with the best experience of Western Australian seafood, including the prized western rock lobster.
"We want local fishing charter operators to be able to offer the best lobster-based tour experiences, such as in the spectacular setting of the Abrolhos Islands," Mr Barnett said.
"The changes will mean holiday makers won't have to hold a recreational rock lobster licence to catch lobster while they are on a fishing charter and will be able to cook and eat their catch on the way back to shore."
Under the new arrangements, the State Government would:
"The new arrangements will enable charter tour operators to really impress their guests and show off WA's wonderful seafood while they enjoy prime attractions along the State's coast," Mr Francis said.
"We have responded to tourism operators who felt their efforts to promote seafood and, in particular, our world-renowned rock lobster, could be significantly enhanced as a win-win for both tourists and the fishing charter industry."
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