Fisheries Research Report No. 254
Government of Western Australia Department of Fisheries
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This project, in consultation with an industry working group, has been instrumental in establishing a closed area in the western rock lobster fishery to assess the potential ecosystem effects of removing lobster biomass from deep water (40-100 m). The major outcome of this research is an improved understanding of the ecosystem that supports the western rock lobster. These types of information for improve the Department of Fisheries’ ability to manage the fishery in an ecosystem based manner and provide scientifically defensible data to more precisely assess the level of risk of the fishery to deep water communities. In early 2013, data from this project was used to reassess the risk of potential ecosystem effects of fishing on deep water communities at the Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) for the fishery. The increased knowledge gained though this project reduced the risk level from moderate to low for deep water communities and the continued accreditation of the Western Rock Lobster Managed Fishery (WRLMF) by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).
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Lobster fisheries; Western rock lobster; Panulirus cygnus; Ecosystem disturbance; Environmental impact; Environmental monitoring; Benthos; Benthic environment; Ecological balance; Western Australia
Bellchambers, L B, and Pember, M B. (2014), Assessing the ecological impact of the western rock lobster fishery in fished and unfished areas Final FRDC Report – Project 2008/013. Government of Western Australia Department of Fisheries, Perth. Report Fisheries Research Report No. 254.
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