Saturday 17 February, 2018
NEW FISHERY MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR ROCK LOBSTER
A new fishery management plan for rock lobsters was launched today at the Apollo Bay Seafood Festival.
Victorian Fisheries Authority (VF
A) Chair Gail Owen said rock lobsters are one of Australia’s
prized seafood delicacies and Victoria’s most valuable commercial fishery with a landed catch value of $25
million per annum.
“The commercial rock lobster industry supports fishing and processing businesses across the state,
providing valuable jobs in regional ports such as San Remo, Queenscliff, Apollo Bay, Port Campbell,
Warrnambool, Port Fairy and Portland,” Ms Owen said.
“Rock lobsters are also very popular with recreational fishers right along our coastline.
“It is vital we continue to look after this important fishery by ensuring it remains sustainable.
“Key components of the management plan are new rules that guide the setting of commercial catch quotas
each year using the best available science.
“The new plan is the third for the fishery and builds on the excellent work undertaken previously to enhance
the sustainability of rock lobster stocks and make the commercial fishery the most valuable wild-caught
fishery in Victoria.
“The new plan was developed through intensive consultation and guided by an independently chaired,
stakeholder-based, steering committee.”
Ms Owen said the plan included the three-year tagging trial that will, for the first time, help estimate the
overall annual harvest of rock lobsters by recreational fishers.
“The tagging trial, which began last year, is an Australian-first that has been embraced by recreational rock
lobster fishers with more than 4,800 people signed up via the new ‘VicRLTag’ app and website.
“Over summer, fishers have reported using more than 5,000 tags on recreationally caught rock lobster with
many more expected through Easter and autumn.”
To view the new rock lobster management plan visit www.vfa.vic.gov.au/lobsterplan
Media contact: Dallas D’Silva - 0407 439 992
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