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From 1 July, recreational fishers will be able to catch rock lobster 365 days of the year.

Wednesday 30 May 2018

Western Australian fishers can now catch lobsters all year round

Western Australians can now enjoy fishing for rock lobster all year round, bringing the recreational fishery in line with commercial operations.

The year-round extension of recreational rock lobster fishing south of North West Cape, near Exmouth, has been made possible with the successful fisheries management of this highly valued fishery.

The change opens the door to winter rock lobster fishing at key holiday destinations, such as Rottnest island, the Abrolhos Islands and the Cape to Cape region in WA’s South West.

It also builds on other recent changes to make rock lobster fishing more accessible, such as simplifying the rules throughout the season and across WA.

Recreational fishers on both the south and west coasts will have the same night fishing curfew, be restricted to two floats and required to ensure the top half of their pot ropes are held vertically in the water column, when using more than 20 metres of rope. These new rules will apply all year-round.

This arrangement gets ropes off the surface and complements the whale interaction mitigation measures already in place for the commercial sector.

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