Economic Importance for Humans: Negative
Western rock lobsters do not really have a negative impact on humans economically, but it appears as though it is leading to that. This is because there is such a high demand around the world for lobster, and the lobster fisheries around the world are being pushed to their limits to meet the demand. It is predicted that because of this exploitation, some fisheries may fail in some countries within the next five years because of over fishing in those areas. More focus is now being placed on trying to grow lobsters in captivity in order to boost production while simultaneously keeping the population of wild lobsters safe.
- Nexus, 2002. "Rock Lobster" (On-line). Nexus: Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Accessed December 04, 2004 at http://abcasiapacific.com/nexus/stories/s704486.htm.