Australia’s lobsters were among a suite of Australian products — including wine, barley, timber and hay — blacklisted by China amid deteriorating tensions between Beijing and Canberra.
WA Fishing industry wants origins of seafood listed on menus at local restaurants to help customers chose local sustainably sourced fish.
The group has sold its Tasmanian crayfish business, saying it is no longer fit for its business model which focuses on the full supply chain, including farmed animals.
It was WA’s $500 million boom industry until COVID — and Chinese trade sanctions — rocked the boat. But has the pandemic returned our crayfishing pastime to its consumer-friendly roots?
Charlotte Elton & Jenne Brammer
Easter is a popular time to eat seafood, and with the cost of crayfish halving, menus are about to get far more decadent.
Residents in north-east Perth are being warned to stay away from the Swan River, where hundreds of dead fish have been spotted in the water.
A group of Australian fishermen have hooked a monster tiger shark so big it had to be held from slipping back into the ocean as it was taken to shore and was craned off the vessel to be weighed.
With its mix of white sandy beaches, beautiful water, great fishing and relaxed coastal vibe, it’s easy to see why Cervantes is a popular tourist destination. But it isn’t without its struggles.
A Rottnest barge driver has been charged over a fatal boat collision that killed an 80-year-old grandfather off the coast of Fremantle.
Despite dangerous conditions there were no major incidents at this morning’s abalone fishing session, a fortnight after two men lost their lives while fishing for the sought-after molluscs.
One of WA’s deadliest coastal activities will continue this Saturday despite two deaths earlier this month.
WA crays are about to become a popular part of summer dining, after the industry revealed it was working on a plan to keep an affordable domestic supply flowing.
Fisheries authorities will conduct a review into abalone fishing safety ahead of the next designated fishing day later this month in the wake of two deaths at the weekend.
Three people are dead after a horror day on Perth waters that started when two people were pulled from the ocean while abalone fishing and ended when another man was killed in a boat collision.
Daryna Zadvirna & Brianna Dugan
Australia’s peak seafood body says cheap rock lobsters and a plea to support local producers have helped fuel bumper Christmas sales.
China’s loss will be WA’s gain this Christmas, with fresh, cheap crays set to hit the market after commercial fishers were given the green light to sell more produce from the back of their boats.
An 81-year-old snapper caught off WA’s north coast has taken the title of the oldest tropical reef fish in the world.
Nine years on from a devastating marine heatwave, WA’s West Coast Zone Roe’s abalone stocks have finally recovered — leading the government to loosen restrictions for recreational fishers.
Crayfishing in WA will start again next week with much lower beach prices expected, reflecting the drop in demand from China.
Rural Bank has crunched the numbers on the potential impact of Chinese bans on Australia lobster, wine and wheat, noting some sectors would struggle to find new markets.
China has flagged potential bans on Australian lobster, sugar, timber, coal, copper ore and copper concentrate, from as early as today. Wheat is also in the firing line.
Premier Mark McGowan says WA crayfishermen appear to be the latest victims of the worsening relationship with China, amid reports Beijing is preparing to ban a stack of Australian imports.
Lobster consignments left stranded at Chinese airports are starting to clear customs but customers are not confident enough to place new orders. There are also fresh fears for the timber industry.
Rock lobster fishers say business has returned to normal in China and there are “positive signs” as authorities in the Middle Kingdom confirm delayed shipments are starting to clear customs.
Daryna Zadvirna and Jenne Brammer
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