Rock Lobster Area Restrictions

Rock Lobster Regions

Tasmania is divided into Eastern and Western Rock Lobster Fishing Regions and catch limits apply. See the map below.

Eastern Region: includes all State fishing waters and islands eastward of Point Sorell and Whale Head (southern most point).

Western Region: includes all State fishing waters and islands westward of Point Sorell and Whale Head.

(Note: The line separating the Regions applies to State waters.  It does not extend through mainland Tasmania.)

A separate bag and possession limit applies in Northern Bass Strait for all waters north of a line of latitude 39°33' (including both the Eastern and Western regions), however the boat limit for each Region still applies (see diagram below). This area is north of King and Flinders Islands and includes the Kent Hogan Group and Deal Island. The catch limits are lower here to reduce compliance risks in state waters in close proximity to Victoria.

Rock lobster regions

Rock lobster regions

General Area Restrictions

There are restrictions on the taking of rock lobster in the following areas:
  • Elephant Rock Research Area: no abalone, rock lobster or dive fishing.
  • North Rock Research Area: no abalone, rock lobster or dive fishing.
  • Waterwitch Reef Research Area: no dive fishing.
  • Kent Group Marine Nature Reserve: no fishing or setting of fishing gear in part of the reserve.
  • Inner Sister Island Research Area: no dive fishing.
  • Swan Island Research Area: no dive fishing.
  • Governor Island Marine Nature Reserve: no fishing or setting of fishing gear.
  • Maria Island Marine Nature Reserve: no fishing or setting of fishing gear in part of the reserve.
  • Taroona Waters (Crayfish Point): no swimming, diving, netting, potting or rings and no take or possession of abalone and rock lobster within the reserve. Also, no taking, fishing or possession of abalone and rock lobster whilst swimming or diving within 200 metres of Taroona Waters reserve.
  • Tinderbox Marine Nature Reserve: no fishing or setting of fishing gear.
  • Ninepin PointMarine Nature Reserve: no fishing or setting of fishing gear.
  • George III Rock Research Area: no swimming, diving or anchoring.
  • Port Davey/Bathurst Harbour Marine Nature Reserve: no fishing or setting of fishing gear in part of the reserve.
  • Doughboys Research Area: no dive fishing.
  • Macquarie Island Marine Nature Reserve: no fishing or setting of fishing gear.
For more information and maps, see the Marine Reserves and Fisheries Research Areas page on this website.

No Rock Lobster Pot Areas

The use of rock lobster pots is prohibited in the following areas:

D'Entrecasteaux Channel

The southern boundary is a line from Scotts Pt to the northern tip of Partridge island and then from the southern tip of Partridge Island south to Labillardiere Peninsula on Bruny Island and a northern boundary being a line from Dennes Pt to Piersons Pt.

River Derwent

The River Derwent upstream from an imaginary straight line drawn from Dennes Point to Cape Direction. No rock lobster potting areas D'Entrecasteaux Channel and River Derwent





















Georges Bay

West of the line of longitude of the end at the training wall situated at the entrance to Georges Bay.

No rock lobster pot areas Georges Bay





















King Island

Waters within 300 metres from the Blow Hole on the Eastern side of King Island.No rock lobster pot area - King Island






















No Rock Lobster Ring Areas

Rock lobster rings may be used in all waters apart from some Marine Reserves and Fisheries Research Areas.

Contact

Recreational Fishing Enquiries
Recreational Fisheries Section
1 Franklin Wharf
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3233, 1300 720 647
Email: fishing.enquiries@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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