Rock Lobster Management Plan Amendments

 

2017 Rock Lobster Rule Amendments

The Minister for Primary Industries and Water has approved amendments to the Fisheries (Rock Lobster) Rules 2011 (the Rock Lobster Fishery Management Plan).  The amendments relate primarily to the management of the Commercial Rock Lobster Fishery in Tasmania and will come into effect on 1 March 2017. 

Summary of Proposed Changes

  • Carry over of a partially caught rock lobster quota unit from one quota period to the next
  • Prohibition on multiple night shots state-wide
  • Use of an alternative option (MAST stability certificate) to the Length Tonnage Schedul
  • New Catch Cap and Closed Area compliance measures
  • Designated Ports of unloading
  • Definition of a fishing trip
  • Changes to retention by commercial fishers of rock lobster for personal use provisions
  • A number of other minor administrative amendments

The full summary of changes is outlined in the letter to rock lobster  fishers below

  Letter to fishers notifying rock lobster rule amendments   (2Mb)

Consultation and Final Report to the Minister

Draft amendments to the Rock Lobster Fishery Management Plan and a review Information Paper were released for public comment in  September 2016.  The public comment period closed on 30 September 2016 with 90 representations received.  The submissions were considered by the Department, Recreational Fishery Advisory Committee (RecFAC) and the Crustacean Fishery Advisory Committee (CFAC).

The Minister accepted the Final Report on the amendments which outlined the consultation process, summary of representations, FAC recommendations and final Department recommendations.

The updated version of the Fisheries (Rock Lobster) Rules 2011 (the rock lobster fishery management plan) is available from the Tasmanian legislation website.



2015 Rock Lobster Rule Amendments

Following extensive consultation, amendments to the Fisheries (Rock Lobster) Rules 2011 were implemented in Tasmania from 1 November 2015. Changes were necessary to sustainably manage rock lobster stocks in the Eastern Region and rebuild stocks for future generations. This management action followed an extended period of poor recruitment of rock lobster on the East Coast and extensive research indicating that stocks in this area had fallen to unprecedented low levels.

Summary of Changes

  • Eastern Region bag limits - the daily bag limit was reduced from 3 to 2 rock lobsters.
  • Eastern Region possession limits - the possession limit was reduced from 6 to 4 rock lobsters.
  • Eastern Region boat limits - the boat limit was reduced from 15 to 10 rock lobsters irrespective of the number of days fished thus removing extended trip provisions for boat limits.
  • Eastern Region winter fishing - the Eastern Region season now closes from 1 May until the November opening for both male and female rock lobster.
  • Western Region boat limits - the boat limit of 50 rock lobster was removed for fishing trips longer than a day. The boat limit of 25 rock lobster for a day’s fishing remained unaltered.

Read a full summary of all the rock lobster changes below.

  Summary Rock Lobster changes 2015 final   (526Kb)

Consultation and Final Report to the Minister

Draft amendments to the Rock Lobster Fishery Management Plan and a review Information Paper were released for public comment in August 2015. The public comment period closed on 3 September 2015 with 271 representations received. The submissions were considered by the Department, Recreational Fishery Advisory Committee (RecFAC) and the Crustacean Fishery Advisory Committee (CFAC).

The Minister accepted the Final Report on the amendments which outlined the consultation process, summary of representations, FAC recommendations and final Department recommendations.

The updated version of the Fisheries (Rock Lobster) Rules 2011 (the rock lobster fishery management plan) is available from the Tasmanian legislation website.

  Report to the Minister on Rock Lobster Amendments 2015

Key documents from consultation period

The public consultation period ended on 3 September, 2015.

Scientific and fishery reports

Contact

Wild Fisheries Management
1 Franklin Wharf
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3000, 1300 368 550
Email: fishing.enquiries@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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