REGULATIONS FOR FISHING OF WEST COAST ROCK LOBSTER (Jasus lalandii)
1. The new season for recreational fishing of west coast rock lobster will open on 15 November 2004 and will close on 30 April 2005. From 15 November 2004 to 31 January 2005 fishing will be allowed every day of the week, but from 1 February 2005 to 30 April 2005 fishing will be restricted to weekends and public holidays only.
2. Any person who wants to catch west coast rock lobster for own consumption must be in possession of a recreational rock lobster permit, obtainable at Post Offices.
3. Bag limit: Four (4) per permit holder per day for own use.
4. Minimum size: 80 mm - measured in a straight line along the middle dorsal line of the carapace, from the centre of the posterior edge of the carapace to the tip of the middle anterior spine.
5. Age restriction: Permits will only be issued to persons above the age of 12 years.
6. Recreational permit-holders collecting and landing of west coast rock lobster may do so only between 08h00 – 16h00.
7. No person catching west coast rock lobster with a recreational west coast rock lobster permit may sell such rock lobster.
8. Any west coast rock lobster caught, collected or transported shall be kept in a whole state.
9. West coast rock lobster in berry may not be caught and must be returned to the sea immediately.
10. No person shall possess, buy, barter, sell, transport or offer for sale any rock lobster which is caught without a recreational permit.
11. A maximum of 20 rock lobsters may be transported per day, on condition that all the persons who caught such rock lobster are present in the vehicle, vessel or aircraft during transportation, and that such persons are in possession of recreational rock lobster permits; keep control or be in possession of more than 20 west coast rock lobster at any time – eg. home/residence.
12. Rock lobster for own use may only be caught by:
• using a ring- or scoop-net from a boat not licensed to catch rock lobster commercially;
• using a ring- or scoop-net from the sea-shore;
• diving from the sea-shore without the use of artificial breathing apparatus, other than a snorkel;
• using a baited line and scoopnet.
13. No rock lobster traps or similar gear may be used.
14. Closed areas:
No person shall, in any manner or for any purpose, engage in fishing, collecting or disturbing west coast rock lobster within:
(a) The area within 12 nautical miles seaward of the high-water mark between, as northern limit, a line (270° true bearing) drawn through a beacon marked MB1 and situated at Melkbos Point, and as southern limit, a line (270° true bearing) drawn from a beacon marked HD1 at “Die Josie” situated near Chapman’s Peak south of Hout Bay;
(b) The entire area within Saldanha Bay east of a straight line drawn through two beacons marked N.H.1 and N.H.2, respectively, and situated on the point known as “North Head”, and two beacons marked S.H.1 and S.H.2 respectively situated on the point known as “South Head”;
(c) The area within six nautical miles seaward of the high-water mark on the coast between, as western limit, a straight line drawn through beacons marked S.H.B.W.1 and S.H.B.2, respectively, and situated on Stompneus Point, and, as eastern limit, a straight line drawn through a beacon marked S.H.B.E and a beacon marked D.R., both situated on the remaining extent of Wilde Varkens Valley A, due south of “Doctor’s Reef’; and
(d) The area within three nautical miles seaward of the high-water mark between, as western limit, a line (315° true bearing) drawn through two beacons marked S.H.B.W.2 and S.H.B.3, respectively, and situated on Shell Bay Point, and as eastern limit, a straight line drawn through beacons marked S.H.B.W.1 and S.H.B.2, respectively, and situated at Stompneus Point;
(e) The area within a distance of 500 m seaward of the high-water mark between, as eastern boundary, a line (180° true looring) drawn from the beacon marked H.R.1 situated at Kraal Rock in Walker Bay and, as a western boundary, a similar line drawn from the beacon marked H.R.2 situated at Rietfontein, Hermanus.
MEDIA RELEASE The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has announced the new recreational fishing season for West coast rock lobster. The season for recreational fishing of West coast rock lobster will open on the 15 November 2010 and close on the 25 April 2011... read more