Lobster quotas filled early

Rock lobster fishers in the northern zone have filled their quota ahead of the official season closure.
Rock lobster fishers in the northern zone have filled their quota ahead of the official season closure.

ALL rock lobster fishers in the northern zone have filled their quota ahead of the official season closure at the end of May, and South Australian Northern Zone Rock Lobster Fishermen's Association executive officer Kyri Toumazos said it had been a strong season with strong prices.

Mr Toumazos said prices had been on average $6 to $7 higher per kilo than last year's prices, which he said was driven by strong demand overseas, and the Australian dollar being slightly lower than last year.

He said all boats met their quotas but some chose to fish later into the season to get a higher price for their catch.

Mr Toumazos said this had been done successfully, with demand internationally for smaller fish.

The major issue of concern for rock lobster fishers continued to be the "looming marine park process coming in October", Mr Toumazos said.

The industry has been involved in lobbying politicians, including independent Geoff Brock, and Mr Toumazos said fishers were "working toward a scenario that will minimise marine park impacts".

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