Western Rock Lobster (WRL) would like to thank all of our members and stakeholders who attended the 2018 West Coast Rock Lobster Management Meetings (MMs), facilitated by the Industry Consultation Unit (ICU), on 17 July 2018 in Fremantle and 19 July 2018 in Geraldton.
The meetings were a valuable opportunity to engage with our many members and stakeholders to discuss important issues relevant to the western rock lobster fishery, including science, management, safety and WRL activities.
The day’s proceedings were divided into two sessions with the morning program focused on the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD). This included presentations from Dr Simon de Lestang and Dr Jason How on the latest research and science including the outcomes from the independent peer review of the model and science. Mr Graeme Baudains and Ms Pia Dobson provided information on the latest management issues relevant to the western rock lobster fishery, including the transition to the Aquatic Resources Management Act in 2019 (ARMA).
AMSA’s Liaison Officer, Mr Chris Battel provided a detailed presentation highlighting that in June 2018 key activities previously provided by state and territory marine safety agencies transferred to a National System administrated by AMSA. Unfortunately Mr Battel was unable to attend the Geraldton meeting due to last minute travel disturbances however, his presentation can be found below for further information.
The afternoon program was dedicated to the important work WRL has been undertaking across several areas. WRL Chairman Mr Kim Colero provided an overview of WRL’s key achievements over the past 12 months, including how industry levy funds are being spent across a diverse range of activities.
In addition, WRL CEO Matt Taylor described the evolution of the organisational structure of the WRL Council including the work undertaken by the various committees and working groups. Mr Taylor also provided an update on the establishment of a WA based Australasian Institute for Spiny Lobster Research and how it will benefit industry.
The TACC Committee report and recommendations were presented by Dr Peter Rogers followed by an extensive open forum on the TACC setting. Following these discussions, and as part of the consultation process on TACC setting, Members will be receiving a TACC Survey from WRL shortly.
The minutes from the Management Meetings will be distributed to Members in the coming weeks however in the meantime, please click the links below to access the presentations for further information.
WRL would also like to thank the Industry Consultation Unit (ICU) for facilitating and organising these meetings.
AM session DPIRD Presentations
PM session WRL and AMSA Presentations