Biotoxin Fishery Events

​Public Health Alerts

For current public health alerts relating the eating of wild shellfish see the Department of Public Health website.

See DHHS for information about Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning.

Current Biotoxin Information


Sentinel (indicator) species monitoring for paralytic shellfish toxins (PSTs) has been conducted throughout the closed season since June 2018.

Waters outside the East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone

Monitoring of sentinel species in all waters outside the East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone (ECSRZ) which open on 3 November indicate negligible levels of PSTs.

East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone

As of 29 October, the only area with elevated levels of PSTs is in the Maria Island Zone.  Testing rock lobsters in this zone may be needed closer to the opening date for this zone on 8 December.

Any further updates will be posted on this webpage.

More information

See Biotoxin Zone and Boundary Maps

Transiting Closed Areas

Transiting Biotoxin Regions - Eastern Region

You can transit though closed biotoxin zones to fish in open waters eg. in the Western Region past Whale Head.

In a closed biotoxin zone you cannot:
  • take rock lobster;
  • dive for lobster, be in the water and possess rock lobster; or
  • set pots or rings.
Provided the Eastern Region season (or parts thereof) is open, fishers can transit back from the Western Region to the Eastern Region open areas with rock lobster providing they comply with Eastern Region bag limits before proceeding past Whale Head or Point Sorell.

Please think about your safety before fishing in unfamiliar waters.

Closed season provisions when biotoxin closures are not operating.

How to Stay Informed

Web: This webpage - Biotoxin Fishery Events
Email alerts: Recreational Fishing News e-newsletter
Facebook page:
Phone:  Recreational - 6165 3233 or 1300 720 647
              Commercial - 6165 3045

Public health alerts:

Biotoxin Decision Making Protocols

DPIPWE Wild Fisheries has developed the Rock Lobster Biotoxin Plan and Decision Protocol in consultation with the Tasmanian Rock Lobster Fisherman's Association, the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture and other stakeholders. It is used to determine management responses in relation to a Paralytic Shellfish Toxin (PST) event. The policy for the Recreational Rock Lobster Fishery for Biotoxin Events is also below.

  Rock Lobster Biotoxin Plan and Decision Making Protocol July 2015   (997Kb)

  Recreational Rock Lobster Fishery Biotoxin Events Policy   (105Kb)

Recreational Licence Refunds

Please note that recreational licence refunds will not be granted if you are unable to fish in some waters due to biotoxin closures.  Licences grant access to all Tasmanian waters and biotoxin closures apply only to specific zones within those waters.  Licence holders can still fish outside any closed areas.


Wild Fisheries Management Branch
1 Franklin Wharf
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3000, 1300 368 550

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