Rock Lobster Translocation Program
East Coast Translocation
Since 2015, the Tasmanian Government has funded a Rock Lobster Translocation Program to support the
East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone
Over the first three years of the program from 2015-2018, 145,000 lobsters were translocated.
In 2018, the program was funded at $75,000 per year for a further four years. This will enable 25,000 - 30,000 lobsters to be translocated each year.
Translocation increases productivity and biomass in an area by moving lobsters from slow growing, deep water areas in the south west to faster growth inshore east coast areas.
Rock lobsters from the south coast are translocated to East Coast release locations
This program is funded by the Government, overseen by a Governance Committee with representatives from DPIPWE, IMAS, TARFish and the Tasmanian Rock Lobster Fishermans Association (TRLFA). The on-water translocation is undertaken by the TRLFA.
A total of 145,000 lobsters were translocated to sites from St Helens to the Tasman Peninsula during the first program, which ended in March 2018.
The release locations for each year are shown on the map.
West Coast Translocation
The TRLFA is also undertaking a translocation program funded by the commercial rock lobster industry to boost productivity on the West Coast.