Here is the release from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) of this season’s details: The 2016/17 west coast rock lobster recreational fishing season will open on Saturday, 26 November 2016 and will close on Monday, 17 April 2017.
The 2016/17 west coast rock lobster recreational fishing season will open on Saturday, 26 November 2016 and will close on Monday, 17 April 2017. The 2016/17 WCRL recreational fishing effort will be restricted to 21 days and will be split as follows:
• Fishing allowed from 26 November 2016 to 27 November 2016 (2 days)
• Fishing allowed from 10 December 2016 to 11 December 2016 (2 days)
• Fishing allowed from 16 December 2016 to 18 December 2016 (3 days)
• Fishing allowed from 24 December 2016 to 27 December 2016 (4 days)
• Fishing allowed from 31 December 2016 to 2 January 2017 (3 days)
• Fishing allowed from 7 January 2017 to 8 January 2017 (2 days)
• Fishing allowed from 14 January 2017 to 15 January 2017 (2 days)
• Fishing allowed from 15 April 2017 to 17 April 2017 (3 days)
Attention is also drawn to Regulation 51, issued under the Marine Living Resources Act 18 of 1998 (MLRA), which provides that only persons over the age of 12 years may obtain a permit from any authorised office. A recreational fishing permit to engage in 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) as determined by the Minister under section 25 of the MLRA and published under Government Notice No. 795 in Government Gazette No. 33518 of 10 September 2010. Permits are valid for the entire west coast rock lobster recreational fishing season.
Fishing times for WCRL will be from 08h00 until 16h00 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/her catch and any WCRL caught, collected or transported must be kept in a whole state.
A maximum of 20 WCRL’s may be transported per day on condition that all the persons who caught such WCRL’s are present in the vehicle, vessel or aircraft during transportation and that such persons are in possession of WCRL recreational fishing permits.
Issued by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries