The McGowan Government and Western Rock Lobster industry have agreed on a plan to significantly increase local lobster supplies, with the government no longer proceeding with their proposal to increase the catch by 1700 tonnes with majority being held by the government.
Instead, it has been agreed upon that the annual catch will be increased by 315 tonnes with all or a significant majority allocated for local supply.
This comes after constructive discussions between Premier Mark McGowan, Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly, and representatives from the Western Rock Lobster Council, with final delivery details being decided by the end of March.
Mr Kelly said this is a positive outcome for the industry and also Western Australian families who will have access to more of our premium seafood product.
Strong support for an annual international lobster festival to showcase WA’s iconic seafood product was backed by the industry and the government, in the hopes of growing tourism and hospitality opportunities.
Western Rock Lobster Council Chairperson, Kim Colero, said the Premier and Minister’s commitment to work with the industry is appreciated, and supports growing this valued and important natural resource.
“The industry is very pleased to support this important initiative that will see an increased supply of local lobster for all Western Australians to enjoy,” he said.