By NBC News – Adrian Mathias
LOBSTER HARVESTING BAN
The National Fisheries Authority has advised of a public seasonal ban on the use of hookah gear in Torres Strait and Western Province tropical lobster fishery.
In an advertisement in the daily newspapers, the NFA says all licensed Tropical Rock Lobster operators, fishermen and the general public must observe this seasonal ban which started in November last year.
It says the ban is in line with the current Torres Strait and Western Province Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery Management Plan.
The National Fisheries Regulator says harvesting, buying, processing and exporting of lobsters with tail lengths less than 115 millimeters is not allowed.
The NFA has warned that offenders will be prosecuted.
The ban will be lifted at the end of March.
Photo: Fishing Industry Association Inc (PNG)