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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries

Lobster commercial fishing

The West Coast Rock Lobster (Managed) Fishery targets the western rock lobster and forms an important sector of the State’s economy. It is Western Australia’s most valuable fishery, with an estimated value of $359 million in 2014, and has historically been Australia’s most valuable single species wild capture fishery.

The fishery operates between Shark Bay and Cape Leeuwin using baited traps (pots), with 235 vessels operating in 2014. There are a number of management measures in place.

Commercial rock lobster catch 2014

​Fishery Commercial catch ​
 Commercial value
​West Coast Rock Lobster (Managed) Fishery
5,947 tonnes​
$359 million

The lobster catch is exported either live or frozen, as whole cooked or whole raw lobsters to Asia, the United States and Europe. There is also a small domestic market, mainly for whole cooked rock lobster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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