It’s rock lobster season on the W Coast

Cape Town -

Recreational fishermen along the West Coast have welcomed the announcement by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of the new recreational fishing season for West Coast rock lobster.

A commercial fisherman hauls up rock lobster in Betty's Bay Marine Reserve where lobster fishing is outlawed. Picture: TONY CUNNINGHAM. Credit: INLSA

The department announced that the season would open on Thursday and close on April 1 next year.

Cary Steele-Boe, chairperson of the Recreational Fishing Services, said the body had been involved in consultations with the department and was happy that most of its suggestions had been adhered to.

He said although the season had been shortened by 10 days (from 67 to 57), Recreational Fishing Services was happy that recreational fishermen would be allowed to fish every day for two weeks at the end of December.

“That is the season where we have a lot of tourists in the West Coast, so we are very happy that our visitors will be able to fish,” he said.

The following conditions for the West Coast rock lobster recreational fishing season will apply:

The department also specified that the bag limit had been set at four West Coast rock lobsters per person per day and the size restriction was 80mm carapace length.