PORT Lincoln's rock lobster fishers have started to hit their quotas, and are heading back in before the season closes at the end of May.
According to South Australian Northern Zone Rock Lobster Fishermen's Association president Trent Gregory, about 14 of the 24 boats had already met their quota and were finished for the season.
He said as always, the catch depended on weather, but that the boats were all on target to meet their quotas.
"The majority will have finished by the end of the month," he said.
He said more boats from the remaining 20 were reaching their quota and returning each week.
International prices had been strong, and he said some fishers may take a few weeks off before fishing again toward the end of the season in the hope of an international price increase.
Mr Gregory said the industry had enjoyed a strong Chinese New Year period, but was again held back by infrastructure making it difficult to transport stock to China.
He said securing space with airlines for their stock continued to be a problem, and said it would be direct flights between Adelaide and China that would rectify the issue.
According to Mr Gregory, the industry was holding its breath to see if the state had a Labor or Liberal government.
He said if the Labor government returned to power, the industry would be "buggered" because of the no-take sanctuary zones it planned to implement from October.
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