West Australian rock lobster fishermen will be able to pull their pots and sell direct to local wholesalers, retailers and restaurants during the Easter holiday thanks to the Local Lobster Program, announced by Minister of Fisheries the Hon. Dave Kelly.
A joint initiative from Western Rock Lobster (WRL) and Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, the Local Lobster Program will see fishers provide additional lobsters direct to the local market between 26 March and 30 April – ensuring more Western Australians have the opportunity to enjoy fresh WA lobster over the Easter break.
WRL CEO Matt Taylor said the Program was a great initiative which would improve the availability and affordability of western rock lobsters for local consumers.
“After the success of previous Local Lobster Programs over Christmas and New Year periods, we anticipate this next phase to be equally popular amongst fishers and consumers alike,” Mr Taylor said.
“A significant portion of our local catch goes to lucrative overseas markets, meaning WA consumers pay higher prices for their fair share of fresh lobsters on the table during peak holiday periods.
“This Program means our commercial fishers will have the opportunity to sell their catch direct to local wholesalers, retailers and restaurants, increasing the western rock lobster economy and seeing up to 12,500 extra lobsters available for West Australians to enjoy over the break with their families.”
The Local Lobster Program supports WRL’s vision to maintain a sustainable industry for generations to come.
“We are a global leader in sustainable fisheries management, and the world’s first Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fishery,” Mr Taylor said.
“Initiatives such as the Local Lobster Program significantly contribute to our overall sustainability and support our local industry, providing more opportunities for people to enjoy our quality, premium wild catch product.
“Importantly, the program also aims to boost tourism and regional development in WA.”
For more information on the Local Lobster Program and to find out how you can get involved, please see our FAQ document by clicking here.
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