The WA Government and the western rock lobster industry have agreed on a plan to significantly increase local lobster supplies.
The agreement was reached at a constructive and positive meeting between WA Premier Mark McGowan, WA Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly and representatives from the Western Rock Lobster Council.
At the meeting it was agreed that the annual catch would be increased by 315 tonnes, with all or a significant majority to be sold within Western Australia. The details of how this will be delivered will be finalised by the end of March 2019.
The industry also demonstrated strong support for an annual international western rock lobster festival in Western Australia to showcase our State’s iconic seafood product, and grow tourism and hospitality opportunities.
An independently chaired working group of industry and Government representatives will be convened to examine further opportunities to grow the industry. This includes indigenous participation, growing the industry, providing a better economic return to the State, improving security of access rights and increasing community donations.
Source: WA Government