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The Western Rock Lobster

Western Rock Lobster are sometimes called ‘crayfish’ or ‘crays’ however they are actually very different! Besides size, the major difference between lobsters and crayfish is that lobsters live in saltwater, such as oceans and seas, while crayfish live in freshwater, including lakes, rivers, streams and ponds.

They can live for over 20 years and reach sizes over five kilograms, although fishing rules to protect the breeding stock mean that animals over three kilograms are rarely retained by fishers.

This lobster species belongs to the spiny lobster family, which get their name from the hundreds of tiny forward-pointing spines that cover their body and carapace, as well as their most prominent feature – the two huge antennae that protrude from their head. Whilst these antennae are vital for spiny lobsters to find their way around, they also form a crucial defensive weapon and communications tool.

Click on the links opposite for more species information, including habitat, diet and life cycle.

Latest news

WRL request independent peer review of Western Rock Lobster science and modelling

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Expression of Interest (EoI) – Fishing Operations Sub-committee

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Launch of the Local Lobster Program!

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New AMSA Vessel Stability Guide

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Rockingham: two men fined more than $25,000 for taking lobsters

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Western Rock Lobster are proud sponsors of “In Search of Fish and Fortune”. Grab your copy today!

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Industry Support Needed For The Meshed Pot Program

The mesh pot program provides critical data for modelling and managing your western rock lobster industry and setting the TACC. Unfortunately, participation in the program by fishers has dropped significantly …

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