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Rock lobster season: dates

Local small scale and recreational fisheries are gearing up for the coming West Coast Rock Lobster (WCRL) season after the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries announced the 2019-’20 season.

The Department determined the total allowed catch (TAC) at 1 084 tons, which is the same tonnage as the 2018-’19 season.

Each year the department sets limits to restrict the daily bag / catch limits and number of fishing days. “The commercial and small-scale fishing sectors are authorised to undertake fishing for four months in each Super-area / Zone,” the department said in a press release.

The TAC, in tons, has been broken down into:

. Commercial fishing (offshore) – 563.91

. Commercial fishing (nearshore) – 170.25

. Recreational Fishing – 38.76

. Small-Scale Fishing sector (interim relief measure) – 170.25

. Small-Scale Fishing sector (nearshore allocation) – 170.25

. Small-Scale Fishing sector (offshore allocation) – 140.83

Recreational fishermen also have specific dates (see table) on which they can catch lobster. A recreational fisherman needs to be at least 12 years old to get a permit from the Post Office.

This permit will allow for the fishing, collecting, keeping, controlling, landing or transporting of, or to be in possession of not more than four WCRL per day, subject to the payment of R94 per permit (R7 application fee and R87 permit fee).

Fishing times for WCRL is 08:00 until 16:00 and the bag limit is four per person, per day and the size restriction is 80 millimetres carapace length. No person catching WCRL with a recreational fishing permit may sell his or her catch and any WCRL caught, collected or transported, must be kept in a whole state.

Area

Super-area 1+2 15 Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan, 15 Feb
Super-area 3+4 15 Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, 15 Mar

Super-area 5+6 15 Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, 15 Mar
Super-area 7 Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar
Areas 8 and 11 15 Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, 15 Mar Jan, Mar, Apr, May
Area 8 (Deep water) Jun, Jul
Areas 12, 13 and 14 15 Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, 15 Mar
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