Western Australia Minister for Fisheries Dave Kelly
More Iconic Western Australia Rock Lobsters On The Menu For Locals
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- Bringing an extra 25,000 fresh Western Australia lobsters to local diners
- Tagged lobsters will be available to the public from fishing boats or local restaurants
- Additional lobsters available over the festive season through to Easter
Additional supplies of Western Australia’s prized western rock lobster will be made available for Western Australia families and tourists to enjoy over the summer festive season through to Easter 2019.
“Western Australia’s western rock lobster fishery is a highly valuable natural resource, with lobster exports attracting premium prices in international markets.” Minister for Fisheries Dave Kelly said.
“Our quality seafood is renowned throughout the world, and I would particularly like to see more of our delicious lobsters enjoyed right here in Western Australia into the future.”
McGowan Government is extending the popular Local Lobster Program for a 4-month period, to bring an extra 25,000 lobsters to dining tables in homes and restaurants throughout the State.
Local Lobster Program was initiated in 2016 to ensure more Western Australians could enjoy ‘wild caught’ western rock lobster, fresh from the Indian Ocean. The program is necessary because under normal circumstances, more than 95 % of Western Australia’s unique lobster resource goes to China.
Program will allow commercial fishers to each catch and tag up to 100 extra lobsters for sale to the local market either direct to the public or to boost supplies to local restaurants and fresh fish retailers.
Tags will be distributed to licensed western rock lobster commercial fishers via Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development offices at:
- Jurien Bay,
Western rock lobster fishery was the first fishery in the world to be certified as ecologically sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council. Scientific studies have confirmed the Western Australia resource is in excellent shape and able to sustain an increased catch.
Western Rock Lobster Oyster