Despite dangerous conditions there were no major incidents at this morning’s abalone fishing session, a fortnight after two men lost their lives while fishing for the sought-after molluscs.
One of WA’s deadliest coastal activities will continue this Saturday despite two deaths earlier this month.
WA crays are about to become a popular part of summer dining, after the industry revealed it was working on a plan to keep an affordable domestic supply flowing.
Fisheries authorities will conduct a review into abalone fishing safety ahead of the next designated fishing day later this month in the wake of two deaths at the weekend.
Three people are dead after a horror day on Perth waters that started when two people were pulled from the ocean while abalone fishing and ended when another man was killed in a boat collision.
Daryna Zadvirna & Brianna Dugan
Australia’s peak seafood body says cheap rock lobsters and a plea to support local producers have helped fuel bumper Christmas sales.
China’s loss will be WA’s gain this Christmas, with fresh, cheap crays set to hit the market after commercial fishers were given the green light to sell more produce from the back of their boats.
An 81-year-old snapper caught off WA’s north coast has taken the title of the oldest tropical reef fish in the world.
Nine years on from a devastating marine heatwave, WA’s West Coast Zone Roe’s abalone stocks have finally recovered — leading the government to loosen restrictions for recreational fishers.
Crayfishing in WA will start again next week with much lower beach prices expected, reflecting the drop in demand from China.
Rural Bank has crunched the numbers on the potential impact of Chinese bans on Australia lobster, wine and wheat, noting some sectors would struggle to find new markets.
China has flagged potential bans on Australian lobster, sugar, timber, coal, copper ore and copper concentrate, from as early as today. Wheat is also in the firing line.
Premier Mark McGowan says WA crayfishermen appear to be the latest victims of the worsening relationship with China, amid reports Beijing is preparing to ban a stack of Australian imports.
Lobster consignments left stranded at Chinese airports are starting to clear customs but customers are not confident enough to place new orders. There are also fresh fears for the timber industry.
Rock lobster fishers say business has returned to normal in China and there are “positive signs” as authorities in the Middle Kingdom confirm delayed shipments are starting to clear customs.
Daryna Zadvirna and Jenne Brammer
It’s a catch most anglers only dream of but for experienced fisherman Michael Draper landing this 300kg tiger shark was almost by accident.
As debate over the Fitzroy River rages, an environmental group is pointing to new research showing water extraction could affect a rare and endangered fish
Seafood and maritime industries from across the globe have called for action to ensure workers stuck at sea for extended periods because of the pandemic can go home.
Fishermen in WA’s 230-strong fleet will be able to sell up to 100 lobsters direct to the public or hospitality sector as part of a recovery plan.
Jenne Brammer and Charlotte Elton
The State Government’s environmental credentials ‘are on the line’ after it ‘ignored’ concerns over the proposed port’s impact on Cockburn Sound fish stocks, WA’s peak recreational fishing body says.
The tough decision to close the fishery several years ago to let depleted stocks recover is paying dividends for local fishers, who are predicting the best year in 15 seasons.
The beach price for crays has plunged and fishers only just starting to recover from February’s COVID-19 all-stop are again cutting back on their catch as some China markets ban seafood imports.
WA anglers have been given the all clear to eat fish and crabs caught from the Swan and Canning rivers for the first time in more than six months, though shellfish should still be avoided.
Researchers have developed a fast-growing oyster that performs well in tropical conditions, potentially paving the way for a new industry and hundreds of new jobs.
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