Fishers’ lobster limits set to increase
Rock lobster fishermen have reason to celebrate on Thursday when they can pull in a new limit of eight per licensed fisher, or up to 24 of the creatures for three licences or more.
The new provisions also allow fishermen to share pots, which was not previously permitted.
According to rules published by Department of Fisheries, two licensed fishers are permitted to share a rock lobster pot, provided there were two floats indicating each fisherman’s identification number.
Each licence holder is only allowed to use two pots, even if sharing, and cannot take home rock lobsters on behalf of the other, only their own bag limit.
There is no longer a maximum size limit for female western rock robster, but any species of lobster carrying eggs is protected.
These signs include long hair filaments under the tail on the forked structure of their swimmerets or a black spot under the caraspace between the back legs.
For more information, visit fish.wa.gov.au.