Hon Joe Francis MLA

Hon Joe Francis MLA

Former Minister for Emergency Services; Fisheries; Corrective Services; Veterans

    New home storage option for lobster fishers

    14/10/2016 10:00 AM
    • Rule change allows removal of rock lobster tails when fisher is home
    • Reducing red tape to provide convenience for recreational lobster fishers

    Fisheries Minister Joe Francis announced today that this year's recreational rock lobster season, which begins tomorrow, brings with it rule changes which give fishers flexibility when storing their catch at home.


    "For the first time, recreational fishers will have the option of removing the rock lobster tail after they get their catch home, if they don't wish to store the whole lobster in their freezer," Mr Francis said.


    "It's a common sense rule change which will allow lobster fishers to free up freezer space while still ensuring the tails remain in premium condition.


    "However, allowing people to be in possession of rock lobster tails only applies to their principal place of residence, and not a boat, caravan, or tent, for example."


    The Minister also stressed that the tails of recreationally caught rock lobsters must still be clipped, and that lobsters must be whole and complete when being transported or when stored outside of a fisher's principal place of residence.


    Mr Francis said rock lobster fishing was just one type of recreational fishing people could enjoy on Sunday, October 16 to mark 'Gone Fishing Day WA'.


    "The day is part of a national initiative to encourage people to enjoy the fishing experience. While a fishing licence is not required on 'Gone Fishing Day WA', all the rules, such as size and bag limits, still apply," he said.


    To help people take part in the event, the annual demersal fishing closure in the West Coast Bioregion will be delayed for 48 hours and will not come into force until Monday, October 17.


    Fact File

    • This year's recreational rock lobster season runs from Saturday October 15, 2016 until June 30, 2017
    • Research indicates current western rock lobster stocks are high
    • Click here for the Recreational fishing for rock lobster guide
    • For more information about Gone Fishing Day WA, visit http://www.recfishwest.org.au/gonefishing/
    • Details on the West Coast demersal finfish closure are at http://www.fish.wa.gov.au

    Fisheries Minister's office - 6552 6500


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