Current Biotoxin Information
ROCK LOBSTER FISHERY UPDATE – 29 OCTOBER 2018
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.
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:
- dive for lobster, be in the water and possess rock lobster; or
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.
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
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.