Tourism Council WA expresses its disappointment that the fishing industry has not reached agreement with the State Government to provide any additional lobsters for the domestic market, including for marine tourism experiences and the proposed lobster festival.
“Today’s announcement is a lost opportunity for regional tourism and job creation,” Tourism Council WA CEO Evan Hall said.
“A small, sustainable increase in the availability of lobsters would have provided for new marine tourism experiences along the coast of Western Australia.”
Mr Hall said it was difficult to use lobsters to lure visitors to regional WA if there wasn’t a sufficient allocation for charter tours or restaurants.
“The proposed lobster festival would have been a great drawcard, enticing locals and out-of-state visitors to Fremantle, Mandurah, Geraldton and other regional destinations in WA.”