Rock lobster quota welcomed

The 2013/14 west coast rock lobster quota has been reduced to 267 tons for the season.

Subsistence fishermen. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Subsistence fishermen in the Overberg community have welcomed the review of the total allowable catch for rock lobster.

The quota for rock lobsters on the west coast for 2013/14 has been reduced to 267 tons, a 10 percent reduction compared to the previous season.

The review also sees a decrease in the number of days allowed for recreational fishing.

The reduction of the allowable catch for west coast rock lobster will have a varying impact on the four different fishing sectors.

The catch for commercial fishermen has been reduced by between 12 and 15 percent.

But on the flipside, 300 more permits will be issued for subsistence fishermen.

The Fisheries Department hopes the new regulations will help the recovery of the rock lobster species.