Good News for Lobster Fishers

MEDIA RELEASE

October 11, 2014

Get ready to catch rock lobster

As of next week, you can once again catch lobster, one of the prize recreational species in Western Australia.

With new positive changes to this year’s lobster season, licensed fishers on the State’s South Coast and those who fish at the Abrolhos Islands will also be able to fish for rock lobster from 15 October.

Recfishwest chief executive officer Dr Andrew Rowland says this means recreational fishers on the South Coast will now have an extra month to fish and the Abrolhos season will begin five months earlier than in the past.

It also means that recreational rock lobster fishing from the North West Cape (Exmouth) to the South Australian Border will have a consistent season of 15 October to 30 June.

“The early season opening is another win for rock lobster fishers after Recfishwest was successful in 2012 in raising the bag limit to eight, the boat limit to 24, increased the number of licenced fishers on a boat to three and diving for lobster at the Abrolhos Islands.

“In 2013 Recfishwest was also successful in moving the season forward one month.”

“The annual closure for fishing for demersal species (Dhufish, Pink Snapper and Baldchin Groper), also begins on October 15th and has proven to be successful as part of several management measures in place to help deliver a required 50 per cent reduction in the catch of these species.

“With the demersal closure on the west coast upon us now is the perfect time to diversify your fishing activities and target other species such as Samson Fish, Tailor, Bream, Squid, and Rock Lobster.”

“So get ready to set your lobster pots on October 14th and pull them when the season starts at 4:30am on the 15th October.

“I remind all recreational fishers to ensure you are aware of the rules and limits this season and wish all recreational rock lobster fishers and safe, responsible and successful season.”

A copy of the Recreational fishing for rock lobster guide 2012/13 can be found on the Department of Fisheries website http://www.fish.wa.gov.au. For more information on Recfishwest visit www.recfishwest.org.au or phone 9246 3366.

Recfishwest advocates for sustainable fishing resources and policies that ensure long term benefits to all recreational fishers. For more information about Recfishwest visit www.recfishwest.org.au or phone Recfishwest on 9246 3366.

Media Contact: Donna Cole, LastSay Communications, 0419 901229, donna@lastsay.net.au