Lobster trial to boost coastal tourism

Tourism Council WA has welcomed today’s announcement that a trial will commence today allowing commercial western rock lobster fishers to catch and tag up to 50 extra lobsters for sale direct to the local market from fishing boats or local restaurants.

Simple regulatory reforms like this can have a huge benefits for visitors, local operators and local jobs, said Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall.

“Under this reform, tour operators and local restaurants serving tourists can work with local fishers to create the ultimate WA seafood experience,” he said.

“Fresh seafood is highly appealing to visitors from Asian markets, and will give us a point of different to promote the coast of Western Australia to the world.”

Mr Hall said Tourism Council WA was keen to work further with the State Government to create more unique experiences and enhance the State’s appeal to visitors.

“I would like to congratulate the Minister for Fisheries, the Department of Fisheries and the fishing industry on this reform,” he said.

“I would encourage tourism businesses to work with their local fishing industry to make this trial a success so other reforms and experiences like this may be introduced in the future.”

Mr Hall said Tourism Council WA and the tourism industry continued to seek regulatory reforms which allowed operators to offer high-quality tourism experiences to visitors year round.

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