Officially Crayfishing Season For Summer of 2019 & 2020 in The Western Cape

Published on the 26 Sep 2019, the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries have officially announced the West Coast Rock Lobster (WCRL) Total Allowable Catch (TAC) and the Recreational Fishing Season dates and quota’s.

The Rock Lobster season and quotas are limited to a select few days per season. View the daily bag/catch limits, licensing information announced by the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries.

” The 2019/20 WCRL recreational fishing effort is limited to 12 days. The 2019/2020 WCRL recreational fishing season will open on Saturday, 1 November 2019 and will close on Saturday, 11 April 2020. Fishing will be allowed as follows:

  • From 30 November 2019 to 1 December 2019 (2 days);
  • From 14 December 2019 to 15 December 2019 (2 days);
  • From 21 December 2019 to 22 December 2019 (2 days);
  • On 26 December 2019 (1 day);
  • On 1 January 2020 (1 day);
  • From 4 January 2020 to 5 January 2020 (2 days);
  • From 10 April 2020 to 11 April 2020 (2 days). “

Get in touch with us to book your Crayfishing Cape Town Charter with us. We depart out of Hout Bay, Cape Town.

” 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. “