Traditional ceremony marks start of new season

POIGNANT SERVICE: Dozens of people attend the traditional blessing of the fleet at Port MacDonnell. The service also pays tribute to those who have tragically died at sea.

PORT MacDonnell’s multi-million dollar rock lobster fishery is now in full swing with dozens of commercial boats heading out yesterday for the highly anticipated start of the 2018-19 season.

Commercial fishing crews yesterday headed out to sea to drop pots with the first catch expected to be brought to shore this morning.

Port MacDonnell is home to the largest southern rock lobster fleet in Australia with 55 commercial boats moored in


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