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Management Plan Amendments Now in Effect in Response to Covid-19 Impacts

Over the last eight months since the COVID-19 outbreak, WRL has been working closely with the WA Government to develop a response package aimed at addressing the primary concerns identified by industry of business certainty, maintaining cashflow, managing quota and preserving value.

WRL is pleased to inform that the proposed amendments to the West Coast Rock Lobster Management Plan 2012 (Management Plan) were published in the Government Gazette on 11 September 2020, and are now in effect.

Here is the Government Gazette link with the Management Plan amendments starting on page 2868.


Key changes to the legislation:

  • Changes to the current commercial rock lobster season. The current season has been extended and will now end on 30 June 2021. The following season is currently scheduled to run from 1 July 2021 – 14 January 2022.
  • Revision of the total allowable commercial catch (TACC) for the extended season to 9,000 tonnes.
  • Introduction of the new Back of Boat (BOB) lobster sales mechanism to allow fishers to land up to 100 lobsters per trip which may be sold directly to local restaurants, seafood retailers and the public. BOB lobsters must not be sold to registered receivers.
  • Additional measures to reduce likelihood of whale entanglement in rock lobster gear. An agreed 200 maximum pot usage for this season only and an extended gear modification period for future seasons has been adopted.


There are several other operational changes that have also been implemented by legislation, so we encourage you to read the following documents.


Important documents for reading:

  1. Letter from DPIRD to industry announcing changes now in effect.
  2. Rock lobster management changes (summary of key changes to the legislation);
  3. Whale mitigation management changes (summary of key changes to whale arrangements);
  4. Factsheet – Fish Eye (how to use Fish Eye for BOB lobsters in the short term)
  5. BOB lobsters – Step by Step Guide
  6. Updated Catch Monitoring Guide FAQs
  7. West Coast Rock Lobster Managed Fishery FAQs

These are really important documents from the WA Government so please take the time to read them to make yourselves aware of the changes and understand the implications for your fishing operation.

DPIRD’s licensing team is currently working to amend each Managed Fishery Licence in the West Coast Rock Lobster Managed Fishery, to reflect the extended season date and the revised catch for each zone. Updated licences will be sent by mail from Monday, 21 September 2020.


Back of Boat Lobster Sales Mechanism

Today, the Minister for Fisheries Hon Peter Tinley MLA, DPIRD and WRL conducted a joint media announcement to illustrate the introduction of the Back of Boat (BOB) lobster sales mechanism. Access the media statements by clicking on the links below:

Members should contact Paige on (08) 9432 7723 or if they have any questions or concerns regarding the information in this email.

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