Western Rock Lobster Market Report | December 2020
Please read on for updated information regarding catches in the western rock lobster fishery, rock lobster exports from Western Australia, and lobster imports into China. This month’s markets content also includes some commentary on the increased supplies of local lobster over the recent Christmas and holidays period.
Catch Data for the Western Rock Lobster Fishery
The most recent ‘Catch Balance Graph By Zone (Warehouse)’ report was generated by DPIRD on 28 January. It provides information on entitlement landed within the West Coast Rock Lobster Managed Fishery (WCRLMF), on a monthly and zonal basis.
If you have any queries in relation to the report, please e-mail QMSAdmin@fish.wa.gov.au or contact the Rock Lobster Help Line 1300 574 071.
Rock Lobster Exports from Western Australia
Lobster imports into China
Increased quantities and lower prices for local lobster during the Christmas period
The recent and ongoing disruption of trade with China has resulted in an increased focus on supplying western rock lobster for local/domestic consumption (in addition to the pursuit of alternative international markets). Thankfully for industry, the pivot to domestic markets somewhat aligned with the seasonal increase in demand leading into Christmas and the summer holiday period.
Overall, it is estimated that around 400 tonnes of western rock lobster was sold domestically during December 2020, which is a figure approximately four times as large as would be normal for the period. Fishers have had to accept significantly lower prices for their catch than would otherwise have been expected but were able to continue generating income (as necessary to service expenses as they arise).
Further information regarding local supply (including in relation to the Back of Boat lobster sales mechanism) will be forthcoming in future WRL publications.