Geraldton Fishermen's Co-operative Rock Lobster Exporters


Catch & Delivery Guidance

Lobster Delivery

GFC prefers Fishermen warn the relevant depot as far in advance as possible with the following detail:

  • Time of arrival.
  • Estimated catch.
  • Bait requirements.
  • Any other information that may assist depot staff.

Key Market Dates

The fortnightly Brolos Catcher newsletter will publish key market dates in China which may assist fishermen in planning catch and delivery. Fishermen should review the key dates section regularly and plan accordingly. In addition to many smaller dates throughout the year, the following key market dates are tabled below:



16 February 2018Chinese New Year
5 April 2018Qingming (Tomb Sweeping) Festival
1 May 2018May Day (start of Golden Week)
18 June 2018Dragon Boat Festival
11 August – September 9 2018Ghost Month
24 September 2018Mid-Autumn Festival

Catch and Disposal Records (CDR)

GFC authorised grading sites are located at the Geraldton and Rous Head Road live lobster facilities. All lobster deliveries to trucks, depots, jetties or from carrier boats are graded at these two sites. The WCRL quota system is based on world standard auditing systems that cross-check a delivered gross and net weight supplied by fishermen against GFC’s gross and net weight. If the fisherman’s net weight is lower than GFC’s, the difference will appear on the docket as water loss.Catch and Disposal Records (CDR)

GFC maintains a CCTV system to ensure quality assurance and control over the grading process. Fishermen are encouraged to view the grading process at the Geraldton or Fremantle sites to verify the grades and weights shown on their catch dockets. Catch Dockets are usually emailed to fishermen within one hour of grading being finalised. Occasionally a docket may be placed in a holding queue if irregularities are detected. Held dockets will be reviewed and are usually released within 24 h. The following deductions are listed on the GFC docket:

  • Seizures by Department of Fisheries Inspectors.
  • Dead lobster not suitable for further processing.
  • Totally Protected Fish including berried, tar spot, setose and undersize.

The points of contact for queries relating to CDRs are:

  • Geraldton grading – Mark Johnson, 0408 902 533.
  • Fremantle grading – Vince Vimini, 0409 118 468.

Fishermen wishing to escalate CDR or GFC docket concerns can contact Glen Davidson, General Manager Operations

0427 218 019

GFC lobster grades and Quality Guidelines

GFC’s lobster weight grades are tabled below:


Lobster Weight (g)

2nd gradeAll sizes with defects

Lobsters will be graded as Second Grade for the following reasons:

  • Excessive missing legs or feelers as illustrated below.
  • Unsuitable for live export.
  • Soft Shell.

See attached document for detailed 2018-2019 Quality Ref Guide Brolos Catcher 9Jan18 Iss153