Western Rock Lobster Council (WRLC)

Formed in 2001, Western Rock Lobster Council (WRLC) is the peak body working to further the interests of the Western Rock Lobster Industry. The council has a board of 8 directors elected by licence holders with 2 independent directors.


WRL has set the following strategic objectives for 2018- 2021 that build on our past achievements and will support fulfilling our vision going forward:

·         The WRL industry is professionally managed to achieve an economic contribution of $1billion GVP to the WA economy by 2028.

·         The WRL harvest strategy ensures long-term access to the sustainable resource.

·         The community has sufficient confidence in the WRL fishery to support continuing access to the resource.

·         There is confidence in the WRL industry to attract and retain investment.

·         The WRL Council is proactively managing industry risk, reputation and development.


WRLC has four strategies are high priority for WRL’s activities for the next four years. Our four strategies give us direction and enable us to deliver on our objectives.

·         Securing resource access - Support R&D to secure resource access through a strong social licence to operate.

·         Research and development for resource security - Collaborate and invest in targeted R&D, development and technology to drive GVP growth for future resource security.

·         Delivering optimum value for the asset - Scope industry structure and development to deliver optimum value for the asset.

·         Industry leadership - Manage the WRL Council as the peak policy and leadership body for the industry.


Industry Partnership Agreement
The FRDC is a key partner for planning and investment in the research, development extension needed to achieve its vision. WRLC works closely with the FRDC and research providers to focus resources into the RD&E needed to address current priority investment areas. RD&E investment planning and project realisation is undertaken through a collaborative process between WRLC members and research providers, with priorities developed and agreed at Annual General Meetings (AGM) and half yearly conferences.


Research Priorities

Research, Development and Extension Plan

WRLC has developed a Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) Plan that provides a framework to identify and invest in key strategic research needs of WRLC stakeholders. See the plan.


Call for Applications

The FRDC invests through a flexible approach. Part of this approach allows the Research Advisory Committees (RACs), Industry Partnership Agreements (IPAs) and Subprograms to call for applications based on their priorities up to three times per year in November, April and August – to see whether this IPA has put forward any priorities in the current call for applications see – here.


WRLC Contact:
Matt Taylor, Executive Officer – (E Matt@westernrocklobster.org)

Web: https://www.westernrocklobster.org/


FRDC Management Contacts:

Josh Fielding – FRDC Portfolio Manager (M 0417 324 182; E Josh.Fielding@frdc.com.au)


Meeting dates: See – Events 


Related projects are listed below

Project Number
SafeFish extension-lobster
Minimising plastic in the western rock lobster industry (Phase 1 – scope and identify)
Western Rock Lobster professional industry development
Western Rock Lobster (WRL) Research, Development and Extension Program, including resources and processes to consolidate and coordinate WRL RD&E planning and funding so that overall RD&E outcomes are delivered in an efficient and cost-effective way
Communications Program – Increasing community understanding, trust and acceptance for the western rock lobster industry
Developing an independent shallow-water survey for the Western Rock Lobster Fishery: tracking pre-recruitment abundance and habitat change.
Minor Use Permit development for use of AQUI-S (isoeugenol 540g/L) by the Australian lobster industry.
Investigation of the direct and indirect role of submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) on Western Rock Lobster settlement processes: with consideration of the potential role of contaminants
Climate driven shifts in benthic habitat composition as a potential demographic bottleneck for Western Rocklobster: understanding the role of recruitment habitats to better predict the under-size lobster population for fishery sustainability
Seafood Trade Advisory Group - developing, implementing and communicating the Australian seafood industry trade agenda 2019-2021