WA government invest in marron fishery

WA's long tradition of marron fishing has been boosted with the government investing $500,000 into the industry.

On December 8, Premier Mark McGowan and fisheries minister Dave Kelly helped stock juvenile marron which was grown in Pemberton into the Harvey Dam.

The funding includes the stocking of 300,000 marron and habitat enhancement projects.

Marron are the largest freshwater crayfish in Western Australia - and the third largest in the world.

"Recreational fishing is a treasured pastime in our State, and my Government is working hard to ensure fishing only gets better for Western Australians into the future," Mr McGowan said.

The new stocking program is one way the McGowan Government is managing climate change impacts on the long-term viability of marron stocks.

More than 10,800 licensed marron fishers take part in the month-long fishing season, which will get underway at 12pm on Wednesday January 8, 2020 until 12pm Wednesday February 5, 2020.

The marron stocking program is part of an almost $3 million package of Recreational Fishing Initiative Fund projects that will roll out over the next three years, funded by recreational fishing licence fees, to improve recfishing in Western Australia.

Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke said every year the region receives an economy boost as marron lovers arrive for the freshwater cray.

"We're incredibly lucky here in the south-west, with WA's unique marron only found in freshwater between Waroona and Albany," she said.

"Our region is well known for its fantastic produce, shellfish, wine and natural landscapes among other things. We want to show this off to the world."