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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
Sunday 25 March 2018

More local lobsters for the Easter and April holidays

  • ​Up to 12,500 extra lobsters to boost tourism and local seafood opportunities
  • WA consumers will be the winners over Easter and throughout April
  • Specially tagged lobsters will be available from fishing boats, retail outlets and local restaurants

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly has announced an additional 12,500 lobsters will be made available from fishing boats, retail outlets and local restaurants over the Easter and April school holidays.

For the first time in Western Australia over the Easter and April school holiday period, a new phase of the Local Lobster Program will improve the availability and supply of lobsters to the local market at more affordable prices.

The Local Lobster Program, which is supported by the Western Rock Lobster Council, began in 2016 and was a national-first.

Commercial western rock lobster fishers will each be allowed to catch and tag up to 50 extra lobsters for direct sale to the public, local restaurants and fish retailers.

The Local Lobster Program is intended to boost WA tourism and regional development.

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Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly:

“Easter is the time that many Western Australians like to tuck into some of our premium local seafood.

“This new and exciting phase of the Local Lobster Program will increase the opportunity for locals and tourists alike to access our iconic western rock lobster.

“With many WA families anticipated to holiday in our regional coastal towns, this new initiative will provide a boost to local businesses and the economy.

“The western rock lobster fishery is a global leader in sustainable fisheries management and a significant industry in WA, contributing $505 million to the local economy in 2016-17.”

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