This advisory group provides information to Recfishwest on current issues associated with the state’s recreational Rock Lobster fisheries. This is a great opportunity to provide input into fisheries management and ensure sustainable, accessible, enjoyable and safe fishing for the recreational fishing community.
You may have seen some of the Reference Group’s recommendations, including:
Sharing of lobster pots between fishers
Increase of lobster bag limits from 6 to 8
Removal of maximum size limit for Western Rock Lobster
Position time: 3 year term
Rock Lobster Reference Group members
Norman Halse Chair
Norman Halse has fished recreationally all his life in the West Coast and Gascoyne and now fishes mainly around Rottnest for lobster in particular. He was a foundation board member of Recfishwest, on the Executive Committee as chair of the Policy Committee and was Board Chairman 2001-2003. He trained as an agricultural scientist who was also interested in environmental conservation and had career high points as Director General of Agriculture in WA, president of the Conservation Council of WA and membership of the Environmental protection Authority in WA.
Michael have been active and passionately fishing for over 45 years, in all the various fishing methods and types. Michael really enjoys being able to use this experience to help guide the sustainable management of our recreational fisheries for future generations of fishers in WA. Michael especially enjoys rock lobster fishing and the diversity of the Cape Naturaliste fishing scene
Bob grew up in Gunnedah New South Wales; and his first fishing experience was in the freshwater inland river system of northern NSW. In 1964 Bob’s family moved to Geraldton where the family business was Rock Lobster fishing based at North Island in the Abrolhos and Freshwater Point, south of Geraldton. Bob has been a keen recreational fisher and diver all of his life. Bob’s work in the community involves being a member and former Chair of the Mid-West Recreational Fishing Advisory Committee (RRFAC) 1994-2011, a Member Abrolhos Islands Consultative Council 1993-1995, the Northern Representative Recreational Rock Lobster Review Committee and Member – Chairman of the Batavia Coast Maritime Heritage Committee for 22 years.
Brody loves fishing in the metro area for snapper and the many bottom species available, as well as heading north to Exmouth to chase pelagic fish as often as possible. Being an avid recreational cray fisher since a young age, he was really keen to be a part of the WRL reference group so as to gain a better understanding of fisheries management and to be able to add any input that I have to offer towards better outcomes for recreational fishers in the future.
Ross started his fishing career in Mandurah as a boy and has continued on mainly crayfishing and fishing off Rottnest and with occasional holidays up north fishing at Ningaloo, Shark Bay and Exmouth. Ross volunteered to participate in decisions that will help ensure the long term future of recreational crayfishing.
Brian has spent the vast majority of his life diving and fishing the waters of the North West, mostly recreationally but has also spent time commercially fishing and prawning. As a Life Member of the Exmouth Game Fishing Club (EGFC) and a Team Leader within the day to day work environment, Brian has a good understanding of how diverse groups of people can work together and what is needed to make things happen, both in discussion and procedurally. Brian joined the rock lobster reference group to represent recreational interests of the unique area he lives in and have a positive input into any discussions and subsequent recommendations.
Rob has lived in the Midwest for 28 years and has 5 children up to 16 with his partner Amanda. Having worked at sea all his life variously as a fisherman, charter skipper and now in the merchant marine, Rob has a special passion and interest in the Abrolhos Islands. Rob’s family are keen recfishers and this has led to him becoming more involved in “having his say” rather than sitting on the sidelines!
John is a previous Board member of Recfishwest and a keen diver for Rock Lobster. John has decades of experience fishing and boating around Western Australia chasing all manner of species including potting for rock Lobster around Jurien Bay over a period of ten years.