Rock Lobster Gear and How To Mark It

The following gear may be used to take southern rock lobster (also referred to as crayfish) and eastern (green) rock lobster.

Rock lobster diver

Diving

You may take rock lobster by SCUBA and surface air, as well as snorkelling, are allowed.
  • The only aid that can be used for taking rock lobster is a gloved hand.
  • Nooses, gaffs, nets, hooks and spears are not permitted for taking lobster.
  • It is illegal to possess a noose on a boat unless it is being used for game fishing.
  • Rings and pots may be used from a boat that is being used by divers.

Buoys

Rock lobster pots, caufs, unattended rings must be marked with a buoy that is:
  • specifically designed as a buoy;
  • floats on the surface of the water;
  • is at least 195 mm in diameter at the widest point;
  • has no markings other than the licence number (and 'P' if it is a pot and 'R' if it is a ring); and
  • has the licence number clearly marked in figures not less than 70 mm high and 12 mm wide.
  • no other markings on the buoy are allowed.
Rock lobster ring

Rock Lobster Rings

Rock lobster ring or hoop nets (see photo) can be used to take rock lobster.
  • A licence is required, which allows you to possess and use up to 4 ring nets on state waters.
  • A person in charge of a boat must not allow more than 20 rock lobster rings to be on or used from their boat and all licensees must be present.

A rock lobster ring or hoop must comply with the following dimensions:

  • must be a single ring or hoop of no more than 1 metre in diameter, covered with mesh; and
  • if left unattended, each ring must have a buoy attached marked with the licence number.
Read more about using a Recreational Rock Lobster Ring

Rock Lobster Pot

You may only possess and use one recreational rock lobster pot (cray pot) on State waters. A person in charge of a boat must not allow more than 5 rock lobster pots to be on or used from their boat and all licensees must be present. The pot must comply with the following dimensions:
  • No larger than 1250 mm x 1250 mm at base and 750 mm high;
  • Escape gaps should be at least 57 mm high and the lower inside edge no more than 150 mm up from the floor of the pot;
  • If there is only one escape gap, it must be at least 400 mm wide and if there are two, they must each be at least 200 mm wide;
  • The hole in the middle of the neck of a rock lobster pot has to be large enough to allow a buoy of 200 mm in diameter to pass through it without touching the sides; and
  • No objects, such as bait sticks, may obstruct the opening.
You cannot recreationally fish for rock lobster or have a recreational pot or ring on a commercial fishing trip. You cannot use rock lobster for bait.

Illustration by Peter GouldthorpeA lobster pot must be marked with a buoy, that:
  • is specifically designed as a buoy.
  • floats on the surface of the water.
  • is at least 195 mm in diameter at the widest point.
  • has no markings other than the licence number.
  • has the licence number clearly marked in figures not less than 70 mm high and 12 mm wide.
  • Must be marked with the licence number and the letter "P" for pot. See licencing page for marking details.

Read more about using a Recreational Rock Lobster Pot

Lines/Nets

It is illegal to take rock lobster by a hook and line, or a net.

Rock lobster cauf

Rock Lobster Caufs

A rock lobster cauf is a device for holding rock lobster in the water.
  • It must be marked with a yellow buoy.
  • A person may only use one cauf at a time.
  • A cauf may be used by more than one licensed fisher but rock lobsters held in a shared cauf must be distinguishable from other fisher rock lobster by being separated into their own compartments, each marked with the fisher's licence number.
  • Each fisher must have their own yellow marker buoy marked with their recreational fishing licence number (rock lobster pot, ring or dive) attached to the cauf.
  • All rock lobster in a fish cauf need to be tail clipped and count towards the fishers possession limit.

Aboriginal Fishers

Aborigines engaged in aboriginal fishing are exempt from holding a fishing licence, but must comply with all other rules. Where rock lobster gear must be marked with a licence number, Aboriginal fishers should use the unique identifying code supplied to them by a recognised Aboriginal organisation or DPIPWE. More information on Aboriginal fishing.

Lost, Stolen or Irretrievable Rock Lobster Gear

If you leave your rock lobster pot in the water for longer than allowed due to bad weather, illness or theft, contact the Marine Police on 0427 655 557 or your nearest Police Station and provide them with your licence number.

Cray pot illustration by Peter Gouldthorpe

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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