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Perth to host International Rock Lobster Conference

Western Rock Lobster and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) have been successful in their bid to host the 12th International Conference and Workshop on Lobster Biology and Management in 2020.

Held every three to four years, these conferences support international collaboration in lobster science and management and attract about 200 scientists, lobstermen and fisheries managers from about 20 countries.

At an industry meeting in Fremantle today, Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly congratulated WA’s rock lobster industry for continuing to provide a world-leading fishery that gives the State a positive international reputation.

“WA’s rock lobster fishery is world-class and I’m honoured that Perth will again host leading scientists and experts from about 20 countries when the 12th international conference is held here in 2020,” Minister Kelly said.

This announcement brings the conference series back to WA after Perth hosted the inaugural conference in 1977.

These conferences promote the exchange of ideas and knowledge amongst scientists, managers, fishermen, and dealers from different parts of the world as we face the challenges of a changing environment and a global economy.

The conference provides the opportunity to highlight the valuable western rock lobster fishery that is valued at about $400 million and was the first fishery in the world to achieve the Marine Stewardship Council certification in 2000.

Kim Colero, Chair of Western Rock Lobster says the conference is an opportunity to showcase the world-renowned Australian Western rock lobster fishery.

“These conferences are fascinating and I would urge you to think about attending the Perth conference in 2020 as it really gives another insight into our industry by being able to compare it to others.

It is great to get an overview on what is happening with lobster around the world and the information we are getting from our scientists in Western Australia is first class.”

“Our industry is spoilt with what we have got in both scientific and management terms and we must ensure this continues.

The real advantage we have is our industry has a good dialogue with Government, managers and scientists,” Mr Colero said.

Click here to read the Minister’s media statement around the announcement.

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