10 November 2018
Western Rock Lobster will take part in key consultations with the State Government to explore a range of initiatives to grow the industry in Western Australia.
WRL Chairman Kim Colero said today’s announcement by Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly signalled the Government’s desire to provide a greater return to the WA community from the iconic fishery.
“The Western Rock Lobster fishery is one of our State’s most important primary industries which has set world standards for sustainability in resource management and excellence in industry export development,” he said.
“Our members are proud of the contribution the industry makes to the State’s economy and to supporting jobs in coastal communities across regional Western Australia.”
Mr Colero said recent economic modelling undertaken by WRL revealed the industry contributed $505 million and supported more than 2,400 direct and indirect jobs across the State in 2016-17.
WRL is keen to see the industry grow and in the past year has presented the State Government with a range of initiatives to underpin an increased return for WA.
“From the establishment of the Local Lobster Program to our ambitions to create an Institute for Spiny Lobster Research, our industry is looking to grow for the benefit of all Western Australians,” he said.
“We want to see more jobs created and the opening last year of the Geraldton Fishermen’s Co-operative $26 million export facility at Welshpool is testament to our industry’s willingness to invest in our future.”
Mr Colero said WRL played a leading role in ensuring the industry’s ongoing environmental sustainability, economic growth and future development of industry leaders.
“Western Rock Lobster is the peak industry body and we will participate in these consultations with the State Government in good faith in a bid to achieve practical and equitable outcomes for existing industry participants and the people of Western Australia,” he said.
“The Minister has made it clear he is looking for growth and an increased return from our industry.”
Mr Colero said consultations with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development were expected to commence next week.
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