The west coast rock lobster recreational fishing season opens on 15th of November and closes in April 2016. Fishing is allowed every day of the week from 15 November to 17 November. No fishing will be allowed from 18 November to 13 December. Fishing will be allowed every day of the week from 14 December to 1 January. No fishing will be allowed from 2 January to 17 April. Fishing will be allowed on public holidays from 18 April to 21 April.
The size restriction remains at 80mm carapace length.
Recreational fishing permits will only be issued to persons above the age of 12 years.
Recreational permit-holders collecting and landing of west coast rock lobster may do so only between 08h00 – 16h00. The rock lobsters must be landed by 16:00.
Any west coast rock lobster caught, collected or transported shall be kept in a whole state. West coast rock lobster caught with a recreational permit may not be sold by any person.
Recreational west coast rock lobster permits are obtainable at the Post Office at a cost of R92, 00 per permit and are valid for the entire recreational fishing season. The permit fees remain unchanged.
Enquiries and comments from recreational fishers can be directed to RECRFISH@nda.agric.za a dedicated email address created by the Department specifically for the purposes of improved communications with the recreational fishing sector.
Contact Carol Moses on 021 4023448
WEST COAST ROCK LOBSTER TOTAL ALLOWABLE CATCH (TAC) ANNOUNCED
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) set the global WCRL TAC for the fishing season at 2 167.06 tons in 2013. The TAC apportioned to the commercial offshore sub-sector is set at 1 356.56 tons and for the commercial nearshore sub-sector it is set at 451 tons. The TAC apportioned for the subsistence (small-scale/interim relief) sub-sector, was set at 276 tons (138kg per fisher)
Speaking at a media briefing the Deputy Director-General: Fisheries Management (Acting) Desmond Stevens, reasserted the DAFF’s commitment to the implementation of the WCRL operational management plan aimed at the recovery of the resource.
In 2012 the status of the South African Marine Fishery Resources report which indicates that WCRL was showing signs of recovery and Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, remained steadfast in commitment to manage South African Fishery resources in ecologically sound manner and to rebuild our coastal communities.
The department and the all relevant fishery stakeholders have collectively developed the WCRL Operational Management Plan (OMP) with a clear accumulative recovery target of 35% for West Coast Rock Lobster by 2021.
The Department remains committed to the recovery plan and has never veered there from. Neither does the Department have any such intentions. ‘We believe the use of the resource should be in the interest of sustainable development which recognizes the environment, people, and economics’, asserted Deputy Director-General, Desmond Stevens.