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Western Rock Lobster Market Report | June 2021

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Please read on for updated information regarding catches in the western rock lobster fishery, processing of western rock lobster, rock lobster exports from Australia and New Zealand, and lobster imports for Hong Kong and Taiwan. This month’s markets content also includes some commentary on WWF guidance for Hong Kong consumers and an update on COVID-19 in Taiwan.

 

Catch data for the western rock lobster fishery

The ‘Catch Balance Graph By Zone (Warehouse)’ report is prepared twice-monthly by DPIRD, most recently on 16 July. 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.

 

WCRLMF landed catch by month of season

 

WCRLMF landed catch by month of calendar year, cumulative

 

WCRLMF landed catch by month of season, northern zones

 

WCRLMF landed catch by month of season, Zone C

 

Processing of western rock lobster

 

Western rock lobster production, volume of processing by product type, November 2020–June 2021

 

Western rock lobster production, proportion of processing by product type, January 2020–June 2021

 

 

Rock lobster exports from Western Australia and the rest of Australia

 

Western Australia exports of rock lobster, value by product and destination, monthly

 

Rest of Australia exports of rock lobster, value by product and destination, monthly

 

Australia exports of non-frozen rock lobster, quantity and unit value by origin, monthly

 

Western Australia exports of non-frozen rock lobster, quantity by destinations other than China, monthly

 

Western Australia exports of non-frozen rock lobster, unit value by destination, monthly

 

Rock lobster exports from New Zealand

 

New Zealand exports of lobster, value by product type and destination, monthly

 

New Zealand exports of non-frozen rock lobster to China, quantity and unit value, monthly

 

Lobster imports for Hong Kong

 

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

 

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

 

WWF-Hong Kong asks consumers to avoid Boston lobster (Homarus americanus)—instead recommends Western Australian lobster

WWF-Hong Kong launched an updated version of their well-known Seafood Guide on the annual ‘Shark Awareness Day’ (14 July). The Boston lobster, a popular species with Hong Kong diners, and previously recommended, has been updated to ‘Red – Avoid’ joining other red-category species such as sharks, bluefin tuna and eels. Michelle Wong, Conservation Officer, Oceans at WWF-Hong Kong, explained the reason, “Although the Boston lobster is not threatened with extinction, its harvesting ground overlaps with the habitat of the North Atlantic right whale. The North Atlantic right whale was moved from Endangered to Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species last year, with bycatch and entanglement in lobster fishing gear as key threats to the whale species. So consumers are advised to choose ‘Green – Recommended’ species – such as rock lobster from Western Australia.” Click through for full article.

 

Lobster imports for Taiwan

Taiwan imports of non-frozen spiny lobster, quantity by trade partner, monthly

 

Taiwan imports of non-frozen spiny lobster, unit value by trade partner, monthly

 

Taiwan COVID-19 cases and stringency index, daily

 

Note: The stringency index (0–100) records the strictness of ‘lockdown style’ policies that primarily restrict people’s behaviour (e.g. school and workplace closures, restrictions on gatherings, and restrictions on movements).

Source: Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT)

 

Taiwan ramped up restrictions in response to a mid-May wave of COVID-19 cases. The impact of the restrictions is likely reflected in the reduction in lobster import volumes through June—not surprising given that restaurants (where most lobster are consumed) were some of the most heavily restricted businesses. The intervention appears to have been successful, as daily case numbers have reduced drastically. Restrictions began to be eased during July.