New management plan for lobster fishery
Legislation has passed that will change the largest commercial fishery based off the Western Australian coast.
Fisheries Minister Norman Moore introduced the new management plan for the West Coast Rock Lobster Fishery to move to a full quota management system, which will officially begin in mid-January next year.
Among the changes is a transition to an all-zone 12-month fishing season and a shift to individual transferable quota.
The director of the Rock Lobster Council, Peter Bailey, says the changes have been a long time in the making.
"It's following on from a new management plan ... the draft plan was put out a few months ago for industry views and comments and various consultation on that and this is just finalizing moving into the new management plan for the fishery basically," he said.