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Big day for seafood lovers as rock lobster season opens with new bag limits

For coastal areas south of Exmouth the rock lobster season opens today. Photo: RecfishwestIt’s the day thousands of sea-food lovers have been waiting for – for all of us living south of Exmouth the rock lobster season gets underway today.
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But there are a few changes to bear in mind, otherwise you will fall foul of Fisheries inspectors.

The new bag limit is 8 rock lobsters per fisher, of which no more than four may be tropical rock lobsters. */]]>

The new boat limit depends on the number of licensed fishers on board. If there is one licensed fisher then the bag limit for the day for the boat is eight lobsters (four tropical). Each boat can take no more than the equivalent of three daily bag limits, no matter how many licensed fishers are on board.

Another change for this year is that fishers are now allowed to share lobster pots as long as each fisher has a separate float with their ID number on it attached to the pot.

“Fishers are not allowed to bring home lobsters on behalf of the person who share their pot and may only take and land their own bag limits,” say the fisheries regulations.

Remember too that there are restricted areas even though the season is under way.

Scattered along the coast from Kalbarri to Augusta are various marine conservation areas and fish habitat protection areas. Make sure you know where they are and what you can and cannot do.

On Rottnest taking rock lobsters is prohibited off Parker Point, Thomson Bay, Armstrong Bay, Green Island and West End.

You can’t go fishing within several hundred meters of dive wrecks and any lobster which is carrying eggs is also protected.

Remember, as a recreational rock lobster fisher you need to have a licence and you need to produce it when asked by a Fisheries officer.

Remember also, as a recreational fisher you cannot sell or swap your lobsters for any financial gain or reward.

There were several raids and arrests earlier this year with the Department of Fisheries cracking down on recreational fishers suspected of selling lobsters.

Anyone convicted of illegally selling recreationally caught fish faces fines of up to $400,000 and four years in jail.

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