AUSTRALIA - A new plan for the South Australian Northern Zone Rock Lobster Fishery will set the scene for sustainable operations of the A$15.6 million industry for the next five years.
The Management Plan for the South Australian Commercial Northern Zone Rock Lobster Fishery provides a management framework that fosters the sustainable growth and development of the fishery.
PIRSA Group Executive Director, Professor Mehdi Doroudi, said the plan was developed in collaboration with industry to ensure the ecological and economic strength of the fishery.
"Southern Rock Lobster is one of the state's leading wild caught seafood exports, with SA the largest Australian supplier of Southern Rock Lobster to the major export markets of Hong Kong and China," he said.
"The fishery is also a valuable contributor to the Eyre Peninsula and Kangaroo Island economies, employing more than 150 South Australians living in these regions."
"In developing the plan, PIRSA has worked closely with industry to undertake a rigorous review process which has involved an Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) risk assessment of the fishery to identify and address potential risks to the long term health of the fishery."
"As a result, there are now set management arrangements in place that aim to maintain the health of the fishery and the ecosystem that supports it, as well as provide fishers with improved business certainty and access security."
South Australia's Rock Lobster Fishery is divided into two zones, with the Northern Zones stretching from the mouth of the River Murray to the Western Australian border, including waters surrounding Kangaroo Island.
The Management Plan for the South Australian Commercial Northern Zone Rock Lobster Fishery has been developed under the guidance of the Fisheries Council of South Australia and Rock Lobster Fishery Management Advisory Committee.
A copy of the plan can be viewed at www.pir.sa.gov.au/fisheries
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