8 February 2019
Tourism Council WA has welcomed today’s announcement by the Fisheries Minister that an agreement has been reached to increase the sustainable lobster catch by 315 tonnes, primarily for use in WA.
Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said the deal presented an important opportunity for the State Government, commercial fishers and the tourism industry to discuss using a small proportion of the lobster catch to grow sustainable tourism and jobs in WA.
“Premium seafood experiences are particularly valuable in attracting international visitors who love the unique seafood and will spend around $5,000 per trip in Western Australia,” he said.
Allocating a small and sustainable allocation of lobsters to “catch-and-cook” and other fresh-caught lobster experiences for visitors could generate hundreds of jobs.
“Rock lobsters are a hero product for Western Australia with the potential to draw foodies, fishers and seafood lovers from across the world,” Mr Hall said.
“The most valuable rock lobster is the one a tourist has spent thousands of dollars travelling in WA to catch themselves or eat fresh while visiting our amazing coast.
“It is better for our economy that we bring the international lobster foodie to WA, rather than just take the lobster overseas.”
Mr Hall said Tourism Council WA was looking forward to working with the State Government, commercial fishers and others on the use of the sustainable lobster catch, including for tourism.
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