The Houtman Abrolhos Islands, named so in the 16th century, lie 64 km of the coast of Geraldton and are used as a base for rock lobster fishing. Visitors are not permitted to camp on the islands, due to the high natural and conservational value of the place. For more information on the Islands please see Abrolhos Islands Visitor's Guide. This part of the site is devoted to Mike and Kath Davidson and Garry and Loraine Augustson, who made our trip to North Island possible.
The western rock lobster fishing is a multi-million dollar industry in Western Australia. For full information regarding commercial and recreational rock lobster fishing please see Fisheries Department of WA. Commercial fishing on the Islands is allowed from 15 March to 30 June. During this period fishermen and their families live on the islands. Thanks to Mark Davidson who took us out on a jet boat to get an insight into what the fishing is all about. Please click on the image to enlarge it.
One of the crayfishing boats
Floats mark pot's location
Pulling the pot
Emptying the pot
Morning catch
Deckie's work is never done
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