ROCK LOBSTER EXPERIENCE
The Rock Lobster Experience is an easy trip and can be done in most weather conditions. We usually pull several pots and it is always a gamble how many lobsters there will be or what else might have found it’s way into the lobster pot...octopus...shark...crabs...who knows?
IT’S UNIQUE , INFORMATIVE...AND YOU MIGHT GET LUCKY AND HAVE LOBSTER FOR TEA!
ROCK LOBSTER FACTS:
Panulirus cygnus is a species of spiny lobster (family Palinuridae), found off the west coast of Australia. The species has five pairs of legs that are used to move across the ocean floor, the fifth set possessing claws in the female, and six smaller pairs are located at the mouth. The eyes are located at the ends of stalks. They vary in colour from a brownish purple to a pale colour. The exoskeleton is segmented, and must be shed as the animal grows. The largest recorded specimen is 5.5 kilograms, but a maximum weight of 5 kg is considered typical. The average accepted form of measurement, that of the carapace, is from 80 to 100 millimetres in length. The range of the species is along the coast of Western Australia, from Hamelin Bay to the North West Cape, and at islands such as the Houtman Abrolhos.
The Western Rock lobster is Australia’s largest and most valuable single species fishery,with a GVP of approximately AU$300 million a year. An average of 11,000 tonnes of lobster is harvested each year along the continental shelf of Western Australia from Shark Bay to Cape Leeuwin by 500 boats. These vessels are licenced to fish professionaly for rock lobster using traps(called pots). The number of fishing units on the Managed Fishery Licence determines the quantity of of pots each licencee can use on their vessel.