Rock lobster season rolls in early

The southern zone commercial rock lobster season opened two weeks early on Wednesday, with commercial fishers being able to carry over 20 pc of their uncaught 2021 quota into next year’s season.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said the changes were being introduced at the request of the state’s rock lobster fishers, in response to difficulties felt by the industry over the past 12 months – specifically, trade issues with China and the economic impacts of COVID-19.

“To help navigate the current market turbulence, our fishers have requested extended fishing seasons as well as the opportunity to carry over quota,” Minister Basham said.

“The Marshall Liberal Government is pleased to support these requests and provide fishers with the flexibility they need, so long as the sustainability of our premium fish species is protected.”

The rock lobster seasonal closure remains in place for recreational fishers, in the southern zone, until 6am October 1.