For the 1993/94 western rock lobster fishing season several new management strategies were introduced. The objective of the changes to the management package was to protect the rock lobster fishery. It was also to provide sufficient breeding stock to ensure viability of the industry. The most significant new measure was a temporary (two seasons) 18 percent pot reduction. Other changes were also made. There were considered sound reasons for reviewing and changing the previous management package. Despite this, some fishermen were critical of the new management package, and claimed that it unfairly disadvantaged smaller operators. Against this background, the Department decided to investigate the issue and see if there was any foundation to the claims that smaller fishermen were unfairly disadvantaged by the package, as well as other issues brought up by fishermen during interviews and meetings.
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Gould, R. (1995), The impact of the new management package on smaller operators in the Western Rock Lobster Fishery. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Perth. Article No. 82.
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