'Doris' on sea patrol

THE waters of the south-west have a new protector and her name is Doris.

Fisheries officers Cameron McCallum (left), Paul Millar, Amelia Grant and Charlie Cooper on board the new patrol boat, “Doris”.

Fisheries officers Cameron McCallum (left), Paul Millar, Amelia Grant and Charlie Cooper on board the new patrol boat, “Doris”.

The new fisheries patrol vessel Doris was launched in Portland on Friday and takes her name from the Greek sea nymph, who’s name aptly relates to the bounty of the sea.

The eight-metre, twin-engine, rigid inflatable will be used for patrols of recreational and commercial fishing vessels along the coastline from Yambuk to the South Australian border.

Premier and member for South West Coast Denis Napthine joined Portland fisheries officers to launch and name the $304,000 vessel at the Portland marina.

Senior fisheries officer Charlie Cooper said Doris would replace a smaller vessel previously based in the region.

He said the name was chosen to reflect the quirky nature of the officers based in Portland.

“The fisheries officers in Portland have a reputation of being a bit left of centre, so we wanted a name that was a bit quirky and different, but still relevant to the role,” he said.

“We’re very excited to have Doris in operation. The inflatable sides make it easier for us to come alongside other vessels. She’s a welcome addition.”

He said Doris was also fitted with a pot hauler to allow officers to inspect commercial rock lobster pots.

Dr Napthine said Doris will help protect the region’s valuable marine resources.

“New equipment like this is vital to ensuring fisheries officers can undertake their compliance work to protect our valuable fishing industries,” he said.

“I wish Doris and all those who sail in her all the very best.”

As per tradition, Doris was christened, but with a slight Portland twist — stubby of beer was broken on her bow rather than the customary bottle of champagne.

jwoolley@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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