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Western Rock Lobster Market Report | July 2020


Please read on for updated information regarding western rock lobster catches for the 2020/2021 season and lobster imports into China during 2020. This month’s market content also includes information regarding an ongoing parliamentary inquiry into trade and investment diversification.


Western rock lobster catch data for the 2020/2021 season to date

The ‘Catch Balance Graph By Zone (Warehouse)’ report is prepared twice-monthly by Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), most recently on 28 July. It provides information on entitlement landed within the West Coast Rock Lobster Managed Fishery (WCRLMF), aggregated on a monthly and zonal basis.

Please note that the data presented do not necessarily represent all fishing activity for the period, particularly with reference to delays in receiving and entering catch data from fishers and processors. Regarding the figures for the latest month, an eventual revision of 10–25 per cent would not be at all inconsistent with the historical pattern of revisions.


WCRLMF landed catch, monthly


WCRLMF landed catch, monthly, northern zones


WCRLMF landed catch, monthly, Zone C

If you have any queries in relation to the report, please e-mail or contact the Rock Lobster Help Line 1300 574 071.


Update of data for China imports of lobster during 2020

Data from the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China (GACC) provides an illustration of the effect that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been having on the international trade in lobster. More detail regarding the international trade in lobster, including China imports, will be presented in the forthcoming WRL publication, An overview of global lobster production and international trade: 2020 edition.

China imports of lobster, value by product type, monthly


China imports of non-frozen spiny lobster, quantity and unit value, monthly


China imports of non-frozen spiny lobster, quantity and unit value by origin, monthly


Parliamentary inquiry into trade and investment diversification

During July, the Australian Parliament Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth held public hearings regarding whether there’s need for Australia to diversify its trade markets and foreign investment profile.

The public hearings form part of an ongoing inquiry, information about which is available from the inquiry website here.