WRL take steps towards working collaboratively with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) to undertake an independent peer review of the Western Rock Lobster model and science.
An independent peer review will allow industry to better understand if the current model accurately reflects existing fishing practices, recruitment and lobster behaviour.
WRL has been receiving an increasing amount of feedback from fishers raising genuine concerns that there are environmental changes resulting in more recent fishing experiences differing from historical experiences and scientific predictions.
In addition, since the introduction of quota there have been tremendous changes from the previous management of the Western Rock Lobster fishery and industry is concerned about whether the current model is keeping up with existing fishing practices.
WRL acknowledges these changes in the environment and fishing practices and must ensure that they are reflected in the western rock lobster fishery science and modelling and having absolute confidence in the fishery science and modelling is critical.
At the WRL Board meeting held on 12 January 2018 the Board agreed that WRL should work collaboratively with DPIRD to undertake an independent peer review of the Western Rock Lobster model and science to better understand if the current model accurately reflects existing fishing practices, recruitment and lobster behaviour.
This week the WRL Council sent a letter to DPIRD with a formal request for a proposed draft design and implementation of such a review.
Please click here to access the full letter to DPIRD for more information.
WRL looks forward to working collaboratively with DPIRD to resolve the final peer review design and implementation, then undertake the process which will bring fishers and scientists closer together.