The International Conference & Workshop on Lobster Biology and Management 2020

18-23 October 2020, The Esplanade Hotel Fremantle, Western Australia

Conference Hashtag: #icwl2020

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Key Dates

Abstracts open: Friday, 18 October 2019
Registrations open: Monday, 27 January 2020
Abstracts close: Monday, 17 February 2020
Early Bird Registration deadline: Thursday, 18 June 2020
18-23 October 2020

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Destination Fremantle

This beautiful coastal port city bounded by the Indian Ocean and the Swan River is just 20 km from Perth. The City of Fremantle was established in 1829 as a port for the Swan River Colony and was the major city in Western Australia for much of its early history.


12th International Conference and Workshop on Lobster Biology and Management (ICWL)

Save the date:  18-23 October 2020 in Fremantle, Western Australia

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) and the Western Rock Lobster Council (WRL) are pleased to be hosting the 12th ICWL workshop on 18-23 October 2020 at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle, Western Australia. 

Fremantle is a major port for the western rock lobster fleet just 20 km from Perth, the capital city of Western Australia (WA).  The western rock lobster fishery in Western Australia is the largest single species fishery in Australia with a value of over AUD$400 million and it has a long history of research, management and compliance which is highly regarded. 

The timing of the workshop is the week following the World Fisheries Congress on 11-15 October 2020 in Adelaide, South Australia ( which provides an excellent opportunity to attend two world-class events during your visit to Australia.

This lobster workshop returns to where it all began in Western Australia over 40 years ago when a group of 37 lobster biologists from 6 countries met in Perth, Australia to discuss and compare their work on lobster ecology, physiology, and management protocols, and to find common themes amongst the different species that were commercially fished.  In recent years, participation has risen to roughly 150-200 people from 20 countries.

A focus for the 2020 workshop is ‘ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM)’ as we consider this represents best practice for fisheries management and reflects that fisheries research and management focus is now broader than just sustainability.  Therefore, we will be welcoming the presentations that focus on the biology of the lobster species and stock assessment and are also hoping to attract presentations that examine other aspects of EBFM such ecosystem effects of fishing, economic assessments, social issues, governance and compliance with management regulations.  

This focus also reflects the importance placed by DPIRD and industry on third-party certification of the key fisheries in WA by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) with the western rock lobster fishery being the first in the world to receive this accreditation.  Given the interest in lobster aquaculture world-wide, particularly the Asia region, we are also hoping that there is strong support for this session.  An industry day is also planned to be an important component of the program so we are looking forward to strong support from lobster industry participants.

WRL and DPIRD are looking forward to hosting scientists, managers and industry participants in Western Australia in 2020.  We welcome any ideas that you may have for the lobster workshop such as particular sessions and special workshops that could be held as part of the 12th ICWL. 


Nick Caputi                                                                                     Nic Sofoulis        

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