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|About||Western Rock Lobster (WRL) is a non-profit incorporated organisation that represents the rock lobster industry in Western Australia. The WRL fishery is a global leader in innovative, sustainable lobster management.|
The Western Rock Lobster Council (WRLC) is a non-profit incorporated organisation that represents the rock lobster industry in Western Australia.
The Western Rock Lobster Fishery is iconic. It is the world’s first Marine Stewardship Certified (MSC) fishery and the largest wild caught commercial fishery in WA. The fishery is based on a single species — the spiny lobster (Panulirus Cygnus) — in an area along WA’s coast between Shark Bay and Cape Leeuwin. Western Australian rock lobster fishers are global leaders in sustainable fisheries management. The fishery is managed through an annual commercial catch quota system, which was introduced in 2008, with the total annual commercial catch capped at 6,300 tonnes.
The Council was formed in 2001 to represent the industry on a variety of issues including changes to the management system of the Western Rock Lobster fishery, submissions to Government on behalf of the industry, sourcing funding for industry projects and engagement with Government on behalf of fishers. The Council is made up of a Board of eight directors, elected by Managed Fishery Licence holders, as well as two independent directors appointed by the Board.