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MSC renews crayfish fishery certification amid controversy
AUSTRALIA
Friday, January 15, 2010, 00:30 (GMT + 9)


Western Australia (WA) Fisheries Minister Norman Moore saw the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) renewal of certification for its lucrative rock lobster fishery on Thursday following an expanded annual assessment of stocks despite concerns of collapse.

“This endorsement [by the MSC] reflects the Government’s tough decisions to protect the long-term sustainability and economic viability of the fishery,” Moore said.

Meanwhile, environmental groups are urging for the fishery to close due to a major decline in puerulus (juvenile) lobster populations to almost zero over the past two years, PerthNow reports.

But Moore claims, “The MSC insisted on an unprecedented complete rescoring of the way it applied certification.”
 

An example of the State Government’s dedication is the extension of recently announced closure periods, he noted.

“As a result of my decision to close the fishery over the Christmas period, the industry has seen the beach price rise from AUD 22 (USD 20.3) per kg to AUD 32 (USD 29.5) per kg -- reflecting the Government’s efforts to smooth the catch over a longer period,” Moore stated.

He said the decision to extend the closure was made as part of the State Government’s adaptive management approach to ensure the overall catch remains around 5,500 tonnes, lowered from traditional averages of some 11,000 tonnes.

C zone -- including the port of Jurien, the Perth coast and South-West waters to Cape Leeuwin -– will be closed to rock lobster fishing from 18–31 January, following the existing weekend closure. Fishing here will resume on 1 February – 11 March, using the balance of the catch target for the full C zone season, according to Moore.

Another C zone closure will occur from 12 March – 11 April, with fishing resuming on 12 April if that target has not been finished. Fishing will be restricted to four days per week when C zone is open, he added.

In B zone -- stretching from north of Jurien to North West Cape -- the current closure will end on 24 January, when additional management changes will apply.

“A zone commercial rock lobster fishers will fish in B zone from 25 January until the catch target for the first half of the season is exhausted,” he said. “After that, A zone licensees will then cease fishing until the Abrolhos Islands (A zone) season opens on 15 March.”

“B zone commercial fishers will fish from 25 January - 11 March. B Zone will then be closed from 12 March - 11 April, with fishing allowed again from 12 April,” Moore informed.

Related articles:

- WA minister calls conservation groups 'ignorant'
- WA rock lobster restrictions face criticism

By Natalia Real
editorial@fis.com
www.fis.com

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