- West Coast Rock Lobster Fishery receives MSC certification for the fifth time
- Twelve of WA’s fisheries now have Marine Stewardship Council’s sustainability tick
- In 2000, the Fishery was the first in the world to receive MSC certification
In a world first, Western Australia’s Western Rock Lobster has been re-certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for the fifth time in a row. The re-certification represents a major sustainability milestone for the fishery
MSC’s Fisheries Standard is used to assess if a fishery is well-managed and sustainable. The process involves a rigorous independent expert review, which examines the sustainability of breeding stock, as well as fishing effort, and the impact of the fishery on the wider environment. It also looks at how well the fishery consults with stakeholders, recreational fishers and conservation organisations.
The McGowan Government is committed to the sustainable management of WA’s fisheries, to benefit not only the environment, but also the jobs and economic growth the industry supports.
Today’s news that Western Rock Lobster has been re-certified is a testament to the sound management and research programs that underpin this highly valuable resource.
MSC certification has also helped spark a growing international interest in Western Rock Lobster with new export opportunities opening-up through the Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement.
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WA’s West Coast Rock Lobster Managed Fishery consists of 230 vessels using baited pots to fish for rock lobster. There are strict requirements in place including minimum size requirements, a quota management system and a ban on catching breeding females.
Data has been kept since the 1960s that allows WA fisheries scientists from the Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development to accurately predict catches up to four years in advance, ensuring controls are adequate to maintain sustainable levels.