Economic Importance for Humans: Positive
Panulirus cygnus are seen as one of the best and most desired seafoods in the world and in Australia, Western rock lobsters are the richest commercial fishing industry. Each year, 10,000-11,000 tons of lobster are caught and more than $300 million is made per year off of this industry. It is considered to be the oldest and the best managed fishery in the world. This fishing is done off the coast of Western Australia between November and June every year. The fisheries target the whites, the lobsters that are freshly molted, as they are leaving the shallow reef areas.
The species is marketed fresh, but the greatest percentage of them is exported as frozen tails.
Positive Impacts: food
- Department of Fisheries, 2000. "Western Rock Lobster" (On-line). Accessed December 04, 2004 at http://www.western-rock-lobster.com/.