The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) wishes to announce the 2018/19 recreational fishing season for west coast rock lobster (WCRL).


The 2018/19 WCRL recreational fishing season will open on Saturday, 15 December 2018 and will close on Sunday, 21 April 2019. Fishing will be allowed as follows:


  • Fishing allowed from 15 December 2018 to 16 December 2018 (2 days)
  • Fishing allowed from 22 December 2018 to 23 December 2018 (2 days)
  • Fishing allowed from 26 December 2018 (1 day)
  • Fishing allowed from 29 December 2018 to 1 January 2019 (4 days)
  • Fishing allowed from 19 April 2019 to 21 April 2019 (3 days)


Attention is also drawn to Regulation 51, issued under the Marine Living Resources Act 18

of 1998 (MLRA), which provides that only persons over the age of 12 years may obtain from

any authorized office, a recreational fishing permit to engage in fishing, collecting, keeping,

controlling, landing or transporting of, or to be in possession of not more than four WCRL per

day subject to the payment of R94 per permit (R7 application fee and R87 permit fee) as

determined by the Minister under section 25 of the MLRA and published under Government

Notice No. 795 in Government Gazette No. 33518 of 10 September 2010. Permits are valid

for the entire west coast rock lobster recreational fishing season.


Fishing times for WCRL will be from 08h00 until 16h00 and the bag limit is four per person

per day and the size restriction is 80 millimetres carapace length. No person catching WCRL

with a recreational fishing permit may sell his/her catch and any WCRL caught, collected or

transported must be kept in a whole state.


The Government Gazette Notice in respect of the recreational fishing season will be issued.

Recreational west coast rock lobster permits are obtainable at the Post Office.


For further information please contact:

Wendy West, Deputy Director: Large Crustaceans Fisheries Management

Directorate: Inshore Fisheries Management

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Phone: +27 021 402 3120

E-mail: WendyW@daff.gov.za


Issued by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, www.daff.gov.za

For media enquiries please contact Carol Moses on Office: (021) 4023448; Mobile: 071 229

8484; Email: CarolMO@daff.gov.za


Always ensure that you confirm with your local fishery office, catch time and catch limits.


We urge all to refrain from fishing for lobster in the Betty’s Bay Marine Reserve.  Should you catch a lobster with eggs on it, please place it back into their natural habitat to ensure sustainability.

Please report any illegal fishing to:

Marine Anti-Poaching Unit:  0609072326

DAFF:  0283132703

Cape Nature:  0283140062

SAPS:  0282718202

Overstrand Emergency:  0283138111