Fish­ers’ lob­ster lim­its set to in­crease

Southern Telegraph - - News -

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.

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