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Rock Lobster Licence Fees Cut by 50 Per Cent

In an effort to support the industry, licence fees for Eyre Peninsula rock lobster fishers have been cut by 50 per cent for the next financial year.

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A commitment by the Labor Party at the State Election, the Government say it's a practical and fast way to support the fishery who were impacted by both COVID and market disruption with China.

In a statement, Executive Officer of the South Australian Northern Zone Rock Lobster Fishing Association, Kyri Toumazos, said the fee reduction has created a positive response amongst the sector, and has provided a collaborative operating environment between the industry and the Government.

As much as 90% of Australian rock lobster was exported to China prior to the trade ban, a market said to be worth more than $700 million.

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