Dozens of professional rock lobster fishermen are facing financial heartache after a dramatic slump in the number of the prized species being caught so far this summer.
In a development that could push the market price of lobsters over the $40/kg mark, lobster fishermen have reported record low catches as part of the annual “whites run”.
The term is a reference to the stage when young adult lobsters — typically about four years old — moult and take on a whitish appearance before migrating offshore.
The event is crucial for many commercial lobster fishermen, particularly those between Jurien Bay and Augusta, who target the run and rely on it to deliver up to 40 per cent of their catch.
Western Rock Lobster Council chairman John Newby said the run this summer had been the worst in two decades.Full story in today's print edition.
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