South Australia’s Blue Crab and Rock Lobster fishers could see a more sustainable future, following a new commercial fishing management plan which has come into effect.
The new management plans will see fishers make short term sacrifices to allow crab and lobster populations to grow for the long-term benefit of all fishers, seafood consumers and the environment.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said to help Blue Crab numbers grow even further, fishers have agreed to harvest rules which will see them catch 62 tonnes less fish in the 2020-21 year.”
Minister Whetstone said “Southern Zone Rock Lobster fishers have been leaders in sustainable fishing and have now decided total commercial catches will not increase two years in a row, no matter how much populations of this sought-after crustacean improve.”
Minister Whetstone went on to say, “These new management plans provide innovative strategies to balance increased commercial opportunity alongside greater access to recreational fishers and leaving more in the water for the benefit of the environment.”
To download a copy of both management plans visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/fishing/commercial_fishing
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