Rock Lobster Regions
Tasmania is divided into Eastern and Western Rock Lobster Fishing Regions and
apply. See the map below.
includes all State fishing waters and islands eastward of Point Sorell and Whale Head (southern most point).
This region includes the East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone (ECSRZ) which are waters between Eddystone Point and Tasman Head on Bruny Island.
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
East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone
The East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone is the area between Eddystone Point and Tasman Head on Bruny Island. See maps below for boundary information.
D'Entrecasteaux Channel - ECSRZ boundary
Eddystone Point - ECSRZ Boundary
The ECSRZ boundary line at Eddystone Point is through the Eddystone Point Lighthouse
59' 35" S.
There are restrictions on the taking of rock lobster in marine nature reserves and fishery research areas. For more information and maps, see the
Fisheries Research Areas
pages on this website. Specific No Rock Lobster Pot areas are listed below.
No Rock Lobster Pot Areas
The use of rock lobster pots is prohibited in the areas listed below. Rock lobster rings can be used in these areas.
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.
The River Derwent upstream from an imaginary straight line drawn from Dennes Point to Cape Direction.
West of the line of longitude of the end at the training wall situated at the entrance to Georges Bay.
Waters within 300 metres from the Blow Hole on the Eastern side of 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