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Western Rock Lobster Market Report | June 2020



Please read on for updated information regarding western rock lobster catches for the 2020/2021 season and lobster imports into China during 2020.


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 June. 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 May 2020, an eventual revision of 20–25 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.


Recently released data for China imports of lobster during May 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, monthly value by product type


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


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


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