MEDIA RELEASE: Western Australian fisheries research will be boosted by two new research vessels that were today officially named by Fisheries Minister Norman Moore.
Mr Moore said the RV George Cassells and the RV Snipe Two would provide greater flexibility to Department of Fisheries’ research activities.
“The new boats will support research, assessment and monitoring projects in the West Coast and South Coast Bioregions,” he said. “This work is vital to ensure our fisheries are managed in a sustainable way and management decisions are informed by quality science.”
Built to replace its 27-year-old predecessor, the RV Snipe Two can be easily towed behind a four-wheel drive, giving substantial flexibility for its use between Shark Bay and Esperance. The RV George Cassells has a survey range of 30 nautical miles and will be based at Fremantle for work in metropolitan waters and the West Coast Bioregion.
The Minister said the RV George Cassells would be a valuable asset for the department and was appropriately named in honour of a former researcher. “The late George Cassells worked for the department’s research division for more than 33 years before retiring in 2006, and was highly regarded as an expert in trout, freshwater crayfish and native fish in WA,” he said.
“During the 1990s, George was involved in research that helped develop a yabbie suitable for aquaculture, which gave many WA farmers another potential income stream at a time of significant rural downturn. His work won a Premier’s Award for the Department of Fisheries.”
RV George Cassells, an 8.5m vessel powered by an inboard motor, was built by SRM Marine at Dongara at a cost of almost $350,000. The RV Snipe Two, built by Preston Craft in Wangara for $168,000, is 7.4m long with twin outboard motors and a survey range of 20 nautical miles.
More details on Department of Fisheries’ research activities are available at http://www.fish.wa.gov.au