Western Rock Lobster Fishery
The Western Rock Lobster’s scientific name is Panulirus Cygnus. The Western Rock Lobster fishery is the most valued single-species fishery in Australia and represents about twenty per cent of the total Australian fisheries.
The Western Rock Lobster fishery is now under a quota management system, where commercial fishers have a total catch allocation for the season. The Rock Lobster season now operates 12 months of the year, from 15th January to 14th January the following year. The fishery was one of the first in the world to be
certified as ecologically sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council.
Western Rock Lobster
Locally known as ‘Crayfish’, the Western Rock Lobster fishery extends from Shark Bay in the North to Cape Leeuwin in the South and is made up of three separate zones. Lobster can live for more than 20 years and can grow to weigh up to 5 kg, although fishing rules mean fishers rarely catch them heavier than 3kg. There is no difference between Western Rock Lobster and Crayfish. Western Rock
Lobster is the name of the species and Crayfish is a term that the Australian