Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announces 2018/19 West Coast Rock Lobster total allowable catch

2 Nov 2018

DAFF announces the 2018/19 West Coast rock lobster total allowable catch (TAC) and recreational fishing season

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) wishes to announce the 2018/19 West Coast Rock Lobster (WCRL) Total Allowable Catch (TAC) and the Recreational Fishing Season. 

A Total Allowable Catch (TAC) of 1084 tons has been determined for the 2018/19 fishing season, which is a 43.6% reduction when compared to the TAC of 1924.08 tons determined for the 2017/18 fishing season. The apportionments per sector are as follows:


2017/2018 previous TAC (tons)

2018/2019 TAC


Commercial Fishing (Offshore)



Commercial Fishing (Nearshore)



Recreational Fishing      



Small-Scale Fishing sector (Interim Relief Measure)



Small-Scale Fishing sector (Nearshore allocation)


Small-Scale Fishing sector (Offshore allocation)



Foreign Fishing









The Department will, similarly to the past fishing seasons, apply effort limitation to restrict the daily bag/catch limits and number of fishing days. The commercial and small-scale fishing sectors are authorised to undertake fishing for four (4) months in each Super-area/Zone. The start and end dates for the fishing season per sector and Super-area/Zone are as follows:


Catch Period

Commercial Nearshore and Small-Scale Fishing sector (Interim Relief Measure)

Commercial Offshore

Super-area 1+2

15 Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, 15 Mar


Super-area 3+4

15 Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, 15 Mar

15 Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, 15 Mar

Super-area 5+6

Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar


Super-area 7


Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar

Areas 8 and 11

Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar

Jan, Mar, Apr, May

Area 8 (Deep water)


Jun, Jul

Areas 12, 13 and 14

15 Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar, 15 Apr


The 2018/19 WCRL recreational fishing effort is limited to 12 days. The 2018/19 WCRL recreational fishing season will open on Saturday, 15 December 2018 and will close on Sunday, 21 April 2019. Fishing will be allowed as follows:

  • From 15 December 2018 to 16 December 2018 (2 days);
  • From 22 December 2018 to 23 December 2018 (2 days);
  • On 26 December 2018 (1 day);
  • From 29 December 2018 to 1 January 2019 (4 days); and
  • From 19 April 2019 to 21 April 2019 (3 days).

Attention is also drawn to Regulation 51, issued under the Marine Living Resources Act 18 of 1998 (MLRA), which provides that only persons over the age of 12 years may obtain from any authorized office, a recreational fishing permit to engage in fishing, collecting, keeping, controlling, landing or transporting of, or to be in possession of not more than four WCRL per day subject to the payment of R94 per permit (R7 application fee and R87 permit fee) as determined by the Minister under section 25 of the MLRA and published under Government Notice No. 795 in Government Gazette No. 33518 of 10 September 2010. Permits are valid for the entire west coast rock lobster recreational fishing season.

Fishing times for WCRL will be from 08h00 until 16h00 and the bag limit is four per person per day and the size restriction is 80 millimetres carapace length. No person catching WCRL with a recreational fishing permit may sell his/her catch and any WCRL caught, collected or transported must be kept in a whole state.

The Government Gazette Notice in respect of the recreational fishing season will be issued.

Recreational west coast rock lobster permits are obtainable at the Post Office.

Wendy West
Tel: 021 402 3120

Carol Moses
Tel: 021 402 3448
Cell: 071 229 8484

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