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Commercial rock lobster fishers launch a lobster pot off the side of a boat

​The western rock lobster resource is currently worth more than $5 billion with recent scientific studies confirming it's in a healthy state.  

Monday 12 November 2018

Plans to grow WA lobster industry

The State Government has revealed plans to grow the Western Australian lobster industry potentially creating 500 jobs and making more WA lobsters available to the local community and tourists.

The western rock lobster resource is currently worth more than $5 billion, however, the net return through licence fees for this community resource is only $10 million per annum.

The State Government has now begun consulting with the peak industry body, Western Rock Lobster, and other stakeholders to explore options to grow the fishery, including increasing the supply of lobsters for Western Australian families and tourists.

Another initiative being considered is the establishment of an annual western rock lobster festival, which would provide locals and tourists alike with the opportunity to buy local lobsters. 

Discussions will also include other initiatives that may benefit the industry, such as establishing a spiny lobster research institute.

These discussions will not impact on the popular recreational rock lobster fishery.

The western rock lobster fishery was the first fishery in the world to be certified as ecologically sustainable by the international Marine Stewardship Council. Since then, the fishery has been successfully recertified three times with the last assessment in 2017.

Recent scientific studies have confirmed the WA resource is once again in a healthy state. 

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