Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Former Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Fisheries; Electoral Affairs

    Rock lobster fishery enters a new era

    17/10/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • New Management Plan to be legislated today
    • Full quota management system set to commence January 15, 2013
    Western Australia’s biggest and most valuable commercial fishery will take the final step in the transition to a full quota management system following today’s gazettal of new legislation.

    Fisheries Minister Norman Moore said the shift towards quota for the West Coast Rock Lobster Fishery was a result of significant consultation.

    “This final step in the transition to a full quota management system has required strong co-operation and partnerships between industry and the State Government during the past three years,” Mr Moore said.

    “The transition, which commenced in 2010, has been instrumental in enabling the fishery to prosper, despite reductions in the catch due to low juvenile lobster numbers and the increased costs of fishing; while maintaining the valuable Marine Stewardship Council sustainability certification.

    “Industry is to be congratulated on its ability to move forward during this period of significant change resulting from the decreased catch and the transition to the new management system.”

    Key elements of the new plan include:
    • shift to individual transferable quota, based on kilograms of lobsters to be taken
    • 12-month fishing season for all zones
    • retention of the existing restrictions on the number of pots a fisher may use
    • provision for new electronic licensing and quota monitoring system (Fish Eye) to be used in the fishery.
    The Minister said benefits of the new plan included greater flexibility for fishers, which allowed commercial operators to fish according to their individual business needs and maximise profitability.

    “Fishers will need to apply for a new licence under the new plan, with the season starting on January 15, 2013,” he said.

    Current licence holders will be invited by the Department of Fisheries to apply for their new licence in the coming weeks.
     
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