The catch cap for the 2016/17 quota year for the East Coast Catch Cap Area was initially set at 115 tonnes. To take into account the under catch for the East Coast Catch Cap area from the 2015/16 season the Minister has now approved increasing the cap to 119 tonnes.
When 109 tonnes has been landed (10 tonnes remaining to be caught) fisherman will be given five days notice that the catch cap area will close. Fisherman will be notified of the date of closure by text message, email and message broadcast by Tas Maritime Radio during their daily skeds.
Below is a table of cumulative catches from the East Coast Catch Cap area for the 2016/17 season. This page will updated with catch figures from the catch cap area monthly and then from November will be updated weekly.
Cumulative Catch from East Coast Catch Cap Area 2016/17
|January 2017 ||30.09||19.74||25.29|
* Catch as of 22 February, next update will be 1 March 2017.
Total catch taken from the catch cap area up to the same period last year was 111.2 tonnes
See also catches taken in the east coast catch cap area during past seasons.
Map of Catch Cap Area
Map of east coast rock lobster catch-cap area.
Single Zone Fishing
All rock lobster taken from a catch-cap area must be unloaded before commencing a fishing trip in an area not covered by a catch-cap.
Similarly all rock lobster taken outside a catch-cap area must be unloaded before commencing fishing in a catch-cap area.
The Commercial Rock Lobster Quota Docket Book has been amended to require fishers who have fished in the catch-cap area to declare that the catch has come from this area.
New quota docket books have been issued to all active fishers.
East Coast Pre Fishing Report
A rock lobster fishers who intends to embark on a fishing trip in the catch-cap area must make a pre-fishing report (not a leaving port report) to the telephone reporting service no more than 24 hours before entering the catch-cap area or leaving a port within the catch-cap area .
Rock lobster fishers who day fish from a port within the catch-cap area will only be required to make a pre-fishing report when they leave port with their pots on board their fishing vessel with the intention to fish within the catch-cap area.
Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995, a fishing trip is linked to gear being in the water, not an unloading event. Any time a fisher returns to port, or authorised mooring, from fishing within the catch-cap area
with pots on board, the trip is deemed to have finished. A fisher must make a new pre-fishing telephone report (as outlined above) prior to a 'new trip' within the catch-cap area. When recording trip type in the rock lobster catch record: write "S" (for start) when starting a new fishing trip, that is leaving to go to sea with pots on board your vessel. Write "E" (for end) when returning to port with all pots on board your fishing vessel.
East Coast Transit Telephone Report
Rock lobster fishers who intend to transit the catch-cap area, but don’t intend to fish will be required to make a transit report prior to entering the catch-cap area or prior leaving a port that is within the catch-cap area.
The D’Entrecasteaux Channel and the River Derwent have been excluded from the catch cap area. Vessels intending to fish outside the catch cap area and travelling to/from Hobart or a port in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel (e.g. Margate) are not required to make a transit report
if their transit route is within these excluded waters.
Prohibition of Multiple Night Shots
Rock lobster fishers must not set a rock lobster pot in a catch-cap area in the period from one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise. Sunrise and sunset times are defined by the Bureau of Meteorology and publicised in daily newspapers. Note this rule does not prevent a rock lobster fisher retrieving a pot during the night, but makes it an offence to re-set it.
Fishermen who are setting their pots for the first time on a trip (since making a catch-cap area pre-fishing report) are able to set their pots at night.