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Rock lobster with its tail clipped being held by a fisher

If you catch a lobster of legal size and decide to keep it, so as to identify it as a recreationally-caught lobster that can’t be sold, you must clip the central flap on its tail, removing at least half of it, or punch a circular hole of at least 10 mm diameter in the central segment of the tail fan.

Thursday 19 October 2017

Lobster time again

Recreational rock lobster fishing south of North West Cape is open from 15 October 2017 to 30 June 2018 (inclusive).

Lobster fishing is a major recreational activity in Western Australia and fishers must have a licence to fish for any species of rock lobster.

Licenced fishers are now permitted to take female setose rock lobsters.

Fishers are reminded that two new rules were introduced last season. The first allowed rock lobster tails (with the shell on) to be kept at a licensed fisher’s principal place of residence, but rock lobsters may only be transported whole. In addition, rock lobster pot specifications were simplified.

Download our Recreational fishing for rock lobster guide for more details, including bag and size limits.

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