Rock lobster plan fails to materialise

Geraldton Guardian
Plans to increase the annual rock lobster quota have fallen through.
Camera IconPlans to increase the annual rock lobster quota have fallen through. Credit: The West Australian

Plans to increase the annual State crayfish catch by 315 tonnes have fallen through after the Western Rock Lobster Council rejected an agreement with the State Government.

The February agreement was for the increased catch to be used to boost the number of lobsters available for the retail, hospitality and tourism sector, including supplies for an international lobster festival and charter tours.

Final details for delivering the extra quota were to be thrashed out by the Government and WRLC by the end of March.

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly said the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development developed two different proposals for delivering the domestic lobster supplies with the WRLC.

“Despite being endorsed by the WRLC, after industry feedback both proposals were rejected, ending the agreement reached in February,” he said.

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