WA Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly has again confirmed the WA Government’s commitment to growing the West Coast Rock Lobster Managed Fishery, to not only improve earning potential for existing fishers but also using a portion of its unfished capacity to benefit Western Australia’s community.
The Minister has also reassured WA’s Fishing Industry Council that this is not a broader strategy to be applied to other State fisheries; it is about a new and unique opportunity for the rock lobster fishery.
The West Coast Rock Lobster Managed Fishery is a community-owned resource and the new, innovative plan to grow the industry arises from circumstances that will allow everyday Western Australians to get a better flow of benefits from Australia’s most valuable crustacean fishery.
As announced yesterday (December 20 2018), plans are already progressing for Western Australia’s first-ever international lobster festival, and there will be other ways to support local jobs and the economy and give the community a closer connection with our unique and famous crayfish.
Our West Coast Rock Lobster Managed Fishery is ecologically sustainable, having met the Marine Stewardship Council’s high standards to hold the MSC eco-tick since 2000.
Source: WA Government