Rock lobster and net fishing licences gear identification numbers. A current licence is required to fish for any species of rock lobster published august 2019 department of primary industries and regional development rock lobster recreational fishing guide 2019 20.
From 1 july 2018 recreational fishers can now fish for rock lobster all year round.
Recreational rock lobster fishing wa. Smith was also charged for fishing for lobster using more than two pots contrary to regulations for any holder of a recreational rock lobster fishing licence. Commercial fishing licence holders may take out any recreational fishing licences however recreational fishing is not permitted from a licensed commercial fishing boat. A recreational fishing licence is required for recreational fishing from a boat netting freshwater angling and fishing for rock lobster abalone or marron.
Rock lobster tails shell on may be kept at your principal place of residence. Wa s individual recreational fisher bag limit of eight lobsters maximum per passenger will be maintained. In a separate case on tuesday 6 august in fremantle court 75 year old carmelo pensabene from hamilton hill pleaded guilty and was issued with fines penalties and costs totaling.
They are a temperate species only found on the continental shelf off the coast with most living between perth and geraldton. Send us your skeletons. Rock lobsters mate in late winter and spring.
However a maximum of two floats only may now be attached to your pot and you are required to ensure the top half of your pot ropes are hung vertically in the water column when using more than 20 m of rope see diagram below. The tourism council wa has estimated the average out of state lobster tour visitor spends more than 5 000 in wa which helps support local jobs in coastal towns. Most recreational rock lobster fishing occurs in inshore coastal waters between north west cape and augusta mainly off the perth metropolitan area and geraldton.
Recreational fishing by commercial fishing licence holders. About eight species of rock lobster live in wa waters but the most abundant by far is the western rock lobster. When more than 20 m of rope length combined pot line and float rig is attached to a pot fishers must ensure that the top half of the pot line rope is hung vertically in the water column see our recreational fishing for rock lobster guide for details.
Bag and size limits. Funds raised through recreational fishing licences help us to manage the state s fish resources effectively. The recreational catch is managed through a combination of measures including bag size and possession limits.