Lobster fishers prepare for Marine Park changes

ROCK LOBSTER SEASON: Rock lobster fishermen from Crayfresh Jarrod Day and Will Rowe loaded ropes on to the boat in preparation for the upcoming season.
ROCK LOBSTER SEASON: Rock lobster fishermen from Crayfresh Jarrod Day and Will Rowe loaded ropes on to the boat in preparation for the upcoming season.

NEW marine park laws will be the most significant change for rock lobster fishers when they begin their new season on November 1.

The introduction of the new sanctuary zones is expected to affect the routine the industry has followed over the last few years as specific locations are no longer allowed to be fished.

Northern Zone Rock Lobster Fishermen's Association executive officer Kyri Toumazos said although marine parks were a big change, this season would be managed as per normal.

Mr Toumazos said the industry, in conjunction with the state government, was working on a range of new ideas to help aid the effects of marine parks, but was not planning on implementing anything until the following season.

He said the industry was exploring the idea of fishing further up the West Coast and in deeper water areas, and was also considering having longer seasons.

"It's something we're exploring but won't have results until April next year," Mr Toumazos said.

"The result of that project will be discussed between industry and government."

Mr Toumazos said the industry would follow a "precautionary principle" when discussing potential changes to the management of the fishery in future seasons.

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