North East Catch Cap

The North East Catch Cap Area is closed to commercial rock lobster fishing. 

This area will reopen from 00:01 Thursday 1 March. Pots can be set from 1pm Wednesday 28 Feb 2018

A North East Catch Cap area has been established for the 2017/18 quota year as part of a two year trial.  At the end of the trial the performance of the catch cap area will be reviewed and a decision regarding future of the North East Catch Cap will be made. 

The North East Catch Cap area was established at the request of rock lobster fishers based in the north east of the state to enable them to make operational decisions based on the amount of quota left to catch in their own area of operation.  The establishment of the North East Catch Cap area will allow the area to be open to rock lobster fishing during September and allow fishing to continue should the East Coast Catch Cap be reached and the area closed, provided the North East Catch Cape has not been reached first.  The catch cap will be set at a level to rebuild rock lobster stocks in the region.

The North East Catch Cap area encompasses waters east of Point Sorell around to St Helens Point, including the Furneaux Group of Islands.  See the map below for details of the exact boundary lines.   

For the 2017/18 season the catch cap for the North East Catch Cap area has been set at 100 tonnes.

When 97 tonnes has been landed (3 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 North East Catch Cap area for the 2017/18 season.  This page will be updated with catch figures from the catch cap area monthly and then from November will be updated weekly.


Cumulative Catch from North East Catch Cap Area​ 2017/18

​Quota year 2017/18 Catch Cap 100 tonnes​
​Total Tonnes
Total Uncaught​​% of Catch Cap Taken
​March 2017
​April 20175.5188.445.51
​May 20170.1488.300.14
​June 20176.3281.986.32
​July 201720.9761.0120.97
​August 201711.4249.5911.42
​September 201713.0336.5613.03
​October 20170.0036.560.00
​November 20172.1234.442.12
​December 201726.877.5626.87
​January 2018'12.77-5.2112,77
​February 2018
​TOTAL105.21              -5.21         105.21





Map of North East Catch Cap Aea

A map of the north east  catch cap area


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