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Western Australia rock lobster: 15 years of sustainable fishing

by Matt Watson
Collaboration and forward thinking have helped make Western Australia rock lobster a true sustainable success story.
Western Australian rock lobster on table

In March 2000, Western Australia rock lobster became the first MSC certified fishery in the world. 15 years later, the fishery is thriving and continues to manage its stocks sustainably.

Collaboration and a belief in the ‘long game’ have helped make Western Australia rock lobster a true sustainable success story. As well as meeting all the conditions of MSC certification, the fishery has worked in close consultation with the Government of Western Australia’s Department of Fisheries.

Operating with strict quotas, seasonal closures, minimum size requirements and a ban on catching breeding females has ensured the ongoing livelihoods of the lobster fishers.

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