In October 2019, both Annual Management Meetings endorsed the development of four strategic initiatives relating to resource access security, independent funding for WRL, an industry-led WA-based research network, and increasing local supply of lobsters. WRL has remained committed to the genuine and extensive industry consultation process through regular updates by emails and at coastal tours. Industry feedback together with advice from independent experts and direction from the WRL Board has informed the evolution of the strategic initiatives over the last twelve months. At its most recent meeting, the WRL Board approved the reference documents and resolved to provide industry with the transformed package of strategic initiatives, now referred to as the “DRAFT Strategy for security, independence and community connection for the western rock lobster industry”
Each of the four elements of the draft Strategy are intrinsically linked and deliver long-sought-after benefits for industry. To read how WRL has led the WA seafood industry by progressing the draft Strategy’s highest priority objective of resource access security, click here.
The other complementary elements within the draft Strategy are independence for WRL, greater industry-led research, and increased community connection.
Independence for WRL will allow the industry’s peak body to act without constraint in representing industry’s best interests and facilitate genuine co-management with government of the valuable lobster resource. It will also allow WRL to provide additional services for industry such as a unit registry and quota trading platform, as well as establish an industry-led Research Network partnership to deliver best practice science-based on identified local research priorities centred around maintaining growth and competitiveness in an increasingly complex and uncertain world.
The draft Strategy also seeks to strengthen the western rock lobster industry’s community connection by increasing the availability and accessibility of western rock lobster to the local community in collaboration with, and of benefit to, other sectors such as tourism, hospitality and regional development.
Click here to read the Strategy which includes the due diligence reference documents as appendices.
In order to achieve the best outcome through this process and for industry, WRL encourages Members to read this draft Strategy with an open mind, a desire to explore ideas, and a commitment to participate in constructive debate by suggesting preferred alternatives.
WRL will seek feedback on this draft Strategy during the industry forums at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 15 October and Annual Management Meetings (AMMs) on 26 October (Fremantle) and 28 October (Geraldton).
Members are also encouraged to provide feedback via email at any time. This draft Strategy will continue to evolve and improve based on industry feedback and expert knowledge. Ultimately Members will vote on whether or not to submit the final Strategy to Government as a formal proposal. The timing of this will depend on industry feedback and the evolution of the draft Strategy, however the Member poll is currently expected around mid-2021.
For more information or to provide feedback please contact Paige on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0408 940 368.