Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Former Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Fisheries; Electoral Affairs

    Increased rock lobster bag limit for recfishers

    5/09/2012 12:00 AM
    • Total harvest of 322 tonnes allocated for 2012-13
    • Recent seasons show recreational catches fallen short of allocations
    Recreational rock lobster fishers will benefit from an increased daily bag limit under a suite of measures approved by Fisheries Minister Norman Moore.

    Under Western Australia’s Integrated Fisheries Management principles, the recreational sector is allocated a five per cent share of the sustainable harvest level set for western rock lobster, or Total Allowable Recreational Catch (TARC).

    Mr Moore said for the 2012-13 recreational season recreational fishers had been allocated a total catch of 322 tonnes so they could get closer to reaching their share.

    “In the past five years, the recreational sector’s average proportion of the total catch has been 2.7 per cent, so I have agreed to a package of measures, developed through discussion with Recfishwest and the Department of Fisheries, aimed at increasing the catch for recfishers, within their overall permitted catch,” he said.

    “I am strongly committed to a management framework that provides the recreational and commercial sectors with the opportunity to catch their allocated shares of the total sustainable catch for the rock lobster fishery.”

    For the coming season, recreational fishing regulations will be amended to:
    • Increase the individual daily bag limit from six to eight rock lobsters per person
    • Decrease the escape gap size on rock lobster pots to 54mm, which will better reflect the 76mm minimum size limit that applies to recreationally-caught rock lobsters
    • Increase the number of licenced fishers able to operate from a boat to three. The boat limit rises to 24 with three licensed fishers able to catch eight rock lobsters each
    • Allow licensed fishers to dive for lobsters at the Abrolhos Islands
    • Increase the number of pots which may be pulled per boat trip to six, when there are three or more licensed fishers on board. Daily possession limits will apply.

    The Minister said he was pleased with the consultative approach by Recfishwest to achieve a positive outcome and improved opportunities for recreational lobster fishers.

    The recreational rock lobster fishing season will remain the same, running from Thursday November 15, 2012 to Sunday June 30, 2013. The changes to the management arrangements for recreational rock lobster fishers will need to be formally gazetted, before they come into force.

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