Geraldton Fishermen's Co-operative Rock Lobster Exporters


Catch & Delivery Guidance

Lobster Delivery

GFC prefers Fisher’s 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 for 2021 are tabled below:

Date Description
Friday, 1 January 2021 New Year’s Day
Friday, 12 February 2021 Chinese New Year
Sunday, 14 February 2021 Valentine’s Day
Sunday, 4 April 2021 Qing-Ming Festival
Saturday, 1 May 2021 Labor Day
Sunday, 9 May 2021 Mother’s Day
Monday, 14 June 2021 Dragon Boat Festival
Sunday, 8 August 2021 Ghost Month
Tuesday, 21 September 2021 Mid Autumn Festival
Friday, 1 October 2021 National Day (Golden Week)
Saturday, 25 December 2021 Christmas

GFC authorised grading sites are located at the Geraldton, Welshpool 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:

  • North – (08) 9965 9074
  • South – (08) 9435 8926

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)

AA <420
A 421-490
B 491-610
C 611-740
D 741-850
E 851-970
F 971-1220
G 1221-1800
H >1801
2nd grade All 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

Exemption to Permit the possession, consign & sale of totally protected Setose

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