WA lobster fishers angry at government plan control portion of catch

Posted December 08, 2018 17:52:40

Photo: Under its plan, the Government will directly control 1,385 tonnes of the catch. (LANDLINE: Glyn Jones)

WA lobster fishers are angry at a State Government plan to take control of more than 17 per cent of the industry.

The Government has announced a phased increase to commercial quotas for the much sought after western rock lobster.

The changes will see the current total allowable commercial catch (TACC) increase from 6,300 tonnes to 8,000 tonnes.

But as part of the move the Government will directly control 1,385 tonnes of the catch.

Matt Taylor from the Western Rock Lobster Council says that is an unprecedented intervention in the market.

Photo: Matt Taylor, CEO of Western Rock Lobster, says the Government’s plan is “outrageous”. (ABC News: Emily Piesse)

“We can’t imagine that the Minister would go up to BHP or Rio and say the state’s now going to own 17.3 per cent of your resource and we’re going to decide on an annual basis whether we lease or sell aspects of that,” he said.

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