skip to content
Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
A rock lobster emerging from beneath an underwater rock

Recreational fishers will be able to fish for rock lobster all-year round from 1 July.

Friday 29 June 2018

Rock lobster rule changes reminder

Recreational fishers will be able to fish all year-round for rock lobster as new rules come into effect from 1 July.

Announced in May, the year-round extension of recreational rock lobster fishing applies from North West Cape (near Exmouth) southwards.

In addition to the season extension, from 1 July, the following rules come into effect:

  • you can only attach a maximum of two floats to your pot;
  • the recreational rock lobster night fishing ban will apply all year round to both the west and south coast from 7.30 pm to 4.30 am, 15 October to 31 March, and from 6 pm to 6 am, 1 April to 14 October; and 
  • fishers must ensure that the top of half of the pot line is hung vertically in the water when more than 20 metres of rope length is attached to a pot, to minimise the risk of gear entanglements with migrating humpack whales and to reduce fishing gear entangling with other boats.

For more information, see the rock lobster recreational fishing rules, the rock lobster recreational fishing guide 2018/19 and our responses to frequently asked questions about the rule changes.

Last modified: 29/06/2018 3:55 PM

© All contents copyright Government of Western Australia. All rights reserved. ABN: 18 951 343 745


© This work is copyright. You may display, print or reproduce this material only in an unaltered format for your personal or non-commercial use, or for use within your organisation. Apart from any use permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, all other rights are reserved.


The information and advice provided by the Department of Fisheries website is made in good faith and is from sources believed to be reliable and accurate at the time of release onto the website. Changes in circumstances after a document is placed on the website may affect the accuracy of the information. Full disclaimer details are available at