WA's recreational lobster fishing season will open a month early from today in a bid to offset the effects of a two-month seasonal closure of the popular demersal scale fishery off Perth.
Fisheries Minister Troy Buswell said the season, during which licensed anglers would be able to catch 388 tonnes of lobster, would run for eight months until June 30 next year.
Under current arrangements, recreational anglers take five per cent of the overall western rock lobster catch.
The early start will apply from Black Point east of Augusta to North West Cape, although it excludes the Abrolhos Islands, where the season starts on March 15.
The traditional lobster season of November 15 to June 30 will still apply for the south coast.
"This is a win for our recreational rock lobster fishers because it gives them an extra month to catch their quota and also provides anglers with an alternative during the two-month demersal scalefish closure that begins today in the west coast bioregion," Mr Buswell said.
"It is an example of balancing the need for sustainability controls in one fishery, with the capacity to relax rules in another to maintain a quality recreational fishing experience."