Co-op accepting ‘small volumes’ of live crayfish

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The Geraldton Fishermen’s Co-Operative has resumed accepting lobsters. File image.
Camera IconThe Geraldton Fishermen’s Co-Operative has resumed accepting lobsters. File image. Credit: Simon Santi/WA News

The Geraldton Fishermen’s Co-Operative has resumed accepting lobsters.

However, it is far from “business as normal” as the co-op is taking only “small volumes” of deliveries.

“This should not be misinterpreted that the market is back to normal,” crayfishermen were told by the GFC.

“Our stocks are at a level where we have the capacity to accept small volumes of deliveries for those wanting to fish prior to the outcome of the decision by the Minister (Peter Tinley).”

The fishermen’s co-op is offering fishers between $30 and $35 a kilo for all grades of lobster.

“It costs me $38 a kilo to catch crays — and I know it costs others more than that,” one fisherman said.

Fishermen who accept the Geraldton Fishermen’s Co-Operative offer are to advise what day they will start fishing, how many crays they plan on delivering within the week, estimated catch per day and delivery time, bait requirements and delivery location.

The co-op stopped receiving lobsters from fishermen last month when movement restrictions due to the coronavirus affected their main market of China.

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