Kalbarri Rock Lobster Experience
Come and pull the pots, cruise out in the calm of the morning to see the catch of the day. Our “Rock lobster experience”is a seasonal tour from November to June. It's unique, informative and you might get lucky and have a lobster for tea.
After boarding the boat at the Kalbarri Marina, our skipper will take you out through the river mouth into the ocean and show you a snippet of the Kalbarri coastline from a very different perspective.
Head south along the shore with it's beautiful sand dunes. The Rock Lobster Experience is an easy trip and can be done in most weather conditions. We usually pull several pots and it is always a gamble how many lobsters there will be or what else might have found it's way into the lobster pot.
Panulirus cygnus is a species of spiny lobster (family Palinuridae), found off the west coast of Australia. The species has five pairs of legs that are used to move across the ocean floor, the fifth set possessing claws in the female, and six smaller pairs are located at the mouth. The eyes are located at the ends of stalks. They vary in colour from a brownish purple to a pale colour. The exoskeleton is segmented, and must be shed as the animal grows. The largest recorded specimen is 5.5 kilograms, but a maximum weight of 5 kg is considered typical. The average accepted form of measurement, that of the carapace, is from 80 to 100 millimetres in length.
The range of the species is along the coast of Western Australia, from Hamelin Bay to the North West Cape, and at islands such as the Houtman Abrolhos.
The Western Rock lobster is Australia's largest and most valuable single species fishery,with a GVP of approximately AU$300 million a year. An average of 11,000 tonnes of lobster is harvested each year along the continental shelf of Western Australia from Shark Bay to Cape Leeuwin by 500 boats. These vessels are licenced to fish professionaly for rock lobster using traps(called pots). The number of fishing units on the Managed Fishery Licence determines the quantity of of pots each licencee can use on their vessel.
We pull the 6 cray (rocklobster) pots and the catch is shared amongst passengers- each passenger will be able to take home 1 lobster each. We hope to come across local dolphins and/or sharks for some entertainment!
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NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2020 - 2021 season. The 2020 - 2021 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2020 - 31st March 2021. The 2021 - 2022 season rates commence on the 1st April 2021.