Lobster industry fears depleted fishing fleet
The Rock Lobster Industry Advisory Committee says a reduction in the fishing fleet will be an inevitable result of the pressures facing the industry.
Several fishers at a meeting in Geraldton to discuss proposed management changes said they were concerned the package was aimed at reducing the fleet size, rather than protecting the lobster breeding stock.
But meeting chair Peter Rogers says the changes are directed at the sustainability of the fishery.
He says long-term economic pressures will lead to a fleet reduction, regardless of government intervention.
“It’s been a factor in the past and it’s likely to be a factor of the future and there’s nothing which government can do really to…[stop] the pressures of long-term cost movements in fuel, in technology, in boat construction and the vagaries of the market,” he said.