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Processed western rock lobsters packed in ice

​Western rock lobsters were around three-quarters of WA’s total fisheries exports during 2015/16.

Friday 8 December 2017

Rock lobster industry worth more than $500m

​A new report shows the western rock lobster industry contributes more than half a billion dollars to the local economy and supports thousands of Western Australian jobs.

The Economic Contribution of the Western Rock Lobster Industry report is the first ever formal assessment of the economic and social contribution that the harvest of 6,300 tonnes of western rock lobster makes to WA.

Overall, the western rock lobster industry's economic contribution to Western Australia is comparable to the State's other major primary industries including wool, sheep, meat and milk.

In 2000 WA's West Coast Rock Lobster Fishery was the first fishery in the world to be certified as ecologically sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council. In 2017 it was the first fishery to be certified as sustainable for a fourth time.

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