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DEAT Announces Season and Catch for West Coast Rock Lobster

by Selwyn Bergman
on 11 Jan 2008
Oceanography SA
Oceanography SA

Minister of Environmental Affairs and Toursim, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, has announced the 2007/2008 recreational fishing season and Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for West Coast Rock Lobster (Jasus Lalandii), commonly referred to as "Crayfish" or "Kreef".

The global TAC for West Coast Rock Lobster has been reduced to 2 571 tonnes 2007/8. This represents an approximate 10% reduction from the previous season's value of 2 857 tonnes.

The recreational fishing season for West Coast Rock Lobster extends from 15 November 2007 through to 15 April 2008. During November and December last year, fishing was allowed every day of the week, but between 01 January 2008 and 15 April 2008, fishing will be restricted to weekends and public holidays. This means that there are only 34 Crayfish fishing days left in the current season (if you exclude Fridays as part of the weekend).

Fishing times are between 8am and 4pm throughout the season, and all catches need to be landed by 4pm.

Further restrictions relating to size, bag limits and transporting of the West Coast Rock Lobster were also announced. A bag limit of four lobsters per person per day and a size restriction of 80mm carapace length is in place, while a maximum of 20 rock lobsters can be transported at one time with all permit holders being present during the transportation.

Sales of West Coast Rock Lobster by fishermen who hold Recreational Fishing Permits, remain restricted.

DEAT's Media Statement can be downloaded here.


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