North East Catch Cap

The catch cap for the 2018/19 quota year for the North East Catch Cap Area has been set at 100 tonnes. 

When the landed catch approaches the catch cap limit, fishers will be given at least 3 days’ notice that the north east catch cap area will close. Fishers will be notified of the date of closure by text message, email and message broadcast by Tas Maritime Radio during their daily skeds.

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.  

Below is a table of cumulative catches from the North East Catch-Cap area for the 2018/19 season.  This page will be updated with catch figures from the catch cap area monthly and then from November will be updated weekly.

See also catch taken in the North East Catch Cap Area from past season.


Cumulative Catch from North East Catch Cap Area​ 2018/19

​Quota year 2018/19
Catch Cap 100 tonnes​
​Total Tonnes
Total Uncaught​​% of Catch Cap Taken
​March 2018
​April 2018*9.0082.329.00
​May 20181.5780.751.57
​June 20184.9775.784.97
​July 201815.2060.5815.20
​August 201813.8346.7518.83
​September 2018*5.6441.115.64
​October 2018
​November 2018
​December 2018
​January 2019
​February 2019

* Catch as of dockets received 17 October.

Total landings from the North East Catch Cap area up to the same period during 2017/18 season was 63.44 tonnes.


Map of North East Catch Cap Area

A map of the North East Catch Cap area

The North East Catch Cap area was 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 Cap has not been reached first.  The catch cap will be set at a level to rebuild rock lobster stocks in the region.


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