Rock solid fishing season start

CLAWING HIGH PRICES: Southern rock lobster prices have soared to near record levels during the first week of the season. Five Star Seafoods factory worker Jake Brown has been working hard to process the “red gold” for the lucrative export market.
Picture: KATIE JACKSON

THE multi-million dollar commercial rock lobster industry has foreshadowed a buoyant season ahead as the benefits flow from the historic China-Australia free trade deal.

While rough seas prevented the Port MacDonnell fleet from leaving the harbour yesterday, crews are expected to be back on deck and pulling up lobsters over the weekend.

Although the normally bustling Port MacDonnell harbour slowed to a standstill yesterday, a number of boats ventured out to sea at

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