South Australia's fishing industry "joins" to make sure that the Australian Australian Government's plan to take control of part of the annual lobster catch does not occur in South Australia as well.
The WA government recently announced plans that would see the commercial share of rock lobster brought from 6,300 to 8,000 tons.
As part of the proposed changes, the government would also control about 17% of the quota once increased.
South Australia's South Australia Executive Kyri Toumazos, the Rock Lobster Fishermen's Association, said the industry is already in talks with the South Australian government about planned changes.
"We are relatively concerned that the type of approach has been adopted politically and is something we have never seen before in Australia," he said.
Mr. Toumazos said that there were concerns about the increase in quotas – the number of lobster rocks that are legally allowed to be captured each year – and part controlled by the government.
"I am very worried about individual fishermen because what is happening in Western Australia poses a threat, especially for older fishermen, who are relatively concerned about their future and their resources"
of the government "difficult to understand"
When he announced the policy in December, Dave's Minister of Fisheries Dave Kelly said that increasing the capture would generate extra money for the state and increase tourism.
"[The plan] has the potential to create up to 500 WA jobs, double the value of the sector and significantly increase the supply of lobsters in the local market," Mr. Kelly said in a statement.
"I appreciate that existing fishermen would prefer to have free ownership of the additional 1,700 tons of catches of commercial lobsters, but this is a community-owned resource.
Kelly said the plan would be sustainable and phased in for at least five years
But Mr. Toumazos said that some confusion surrounds the way that government control of 1,385 tons of fishing would work exactly.
"It is very difficult for us to understand how a state will be able to operate or manage 17% of 8,000 tons,"
"We believe that this is an initiative that has not been adequately thought out."
There are no signs that South Australia is considering such a change in fisheries management, but Toumazos said that there were concerns a precedent could be set by Western Australia.
Fears of a chain effect on Southern lobsters
There are also fears that increase the commercial share of lobsters in Western Australia will diminish the value of lobsters caught in southern Australia.
seafood fighter Andrew Ferguson said that although the two states capture different species – the southern lobster in SA and the western rock lobster in WA – other crayfish in the market have the potential to bring down prices.