Make WA a “catch and cook” seafood destination

3 September 2016

Tourism Council WA has welcomed today’s announcement by the Premier which cuts red tape around catching rock lobster by charter operators and their guests.

The changes will mean Western Australia can now be promoted as a premium international destination for fresh seafood “catch and cook” tourism.

“Marketing WA as a premium international seafood destination is particularly valuable in the lucrative Asian markets, particularly China, as visitors from that region love the experience of catching and cooking their own fresh seafood,” said Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall.

“This will also enhance the offering of Western Australia’s existing marine tourism operators who give visitors the opportunity to experience the State’s coastal lifestyle and fantastic seafood, such as Lobster Shack in Cervantes.”

Today’s announcement means charter operators will be able to catch rock lobster all year round, patrons will no longer need a licence to catch lobsters when travelling with a charter operator, and charter operators can carry lobster pots for use by their customers.

The changes also mean lobsters caught by charter vessel patrons can be prepared, cooked and served by an Accredited Tourism Business such as a hotel, resort, or on board the charter vessel.

Mr Hall said the announcement was an important development for marine tourism along a large part of the Western Australian coastline where rock lobsters are found.

“Tourism Council WA and the industry continue to seek regulatory reforms which allow operators to offer high-quality tourism experiences to visitors year round,” Mr Hall said.

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