Ardyaloon Incorporated represent the Bardi Jawi and Mayala Native Title holders of One Arm point and hold the only exemption to commercially harvest trochus in WA.
Trochus has been hand collected since 1995 although the Bardi Jawi and Mayala Native Title Holders have commercially harvested trochus shell from around the Dampier peninsula and Buccaneer Archipelago since at least the 1960’s.
The Trochus Fishery is a small fishery based on a single target species (trochus niloticus) and has no by-catch because they are harvested by hand. Collectors easily identify the trochus because they live on the reef tops and are harvested at low tide.
The annual harvest in the past decade has ranged between 2 and 15 tonnes.
The fishing grounds are located in the remote Kimberley region of WA and and the product is sold both locally and overseas.
The fishery is managed under Ministerial exemption and arrangements include restricted areas of harvest, two community-initiated closures within the Native Title areas, seasonal closures from 1 June to 31 October each year and size limits to proterct breeding stock.
Key Species Fished