Rock Lobster Management Plan Amendments

​2019 Rock Lobster Rule Amendments

 

Amendments have been made to the Tasmanian Rock Lobster Fishery Management Plan - Fisheries (Rock Lobster) Rules 2011

The following changes apply from 1 November 2019:
  • Increasing the female legal minimum size limit in the north western part of the rock lobster fishery from 105mm to 120mm between Point Sorell on the north coast and the Henty River on the west coast (see map below).  The aim of this amendment is to improve sustainability by accelerating stock rebuilding and egg production from current low levels to greater than 20% of an unfished fishery by 2023 in the area. 
Rock lobster regional size limits

Rock lobster regional size limits applying from 1 November 2019

  • Increasing the maximum number of pots that can be set from a commercial vessel from 50 to 60 for the western half of the State from Bluff Hill Point (41°S) to South Cape (see map below).  This proposal aims to improve economic efficiency and builds on the outcomes of a three year industry trial with vessels using 60 pots on the west coast in the winter. This proposal was amended following consultation to address significant of concerns raised in the submissions, by excluding area 5 including the far NW and King Island from the 60 pot area.
Rock lobster 60 pot area

Rock lobster area where 60 pots can be set from a commercial vessel

  • Removing the vessel length /pot numbers schedule and associated alternative methods for determining how many pots can be on a commercial rock lobster vessel.
  • Removing the endorsement to unload rock lobster outside of State waters;
  • Reducing the recreational boat limit in the Northern Bass Strait western region from 25 to 10;
  • Including a provision to allow the publication of a public notice on a website; and
  • Providing greater flexibility for communication methods associated with the notification of pots that cannot be retrieved within the 48 time period.

Why are these changes being implemented?

The aim of increasing the female size limit in the North West is to improve sustainability by accelerating stock rebuilding and egg production from current low levels to greater than 20% of an unfished fishery by 2023 in the area.  From submissions received the size limit increase was strongly supported by commercial and non-commercial fishers.

Increase in the maximum number of pots that can be set from a commercial vessel from 50 to 60 for the western half of the State aims to improve economic efficiency and builds on the outcomes of a three year industry trial with vessels using 60 pots on the west coast in the winter. This proposal was amended following consultation to address significant of concerns raised in the submissions, by excluding area 5 including the far NW and King Island from the 60 pot area.

Key documents

The Information Paper containing background information on proposed amendments that was released for public comment in May 2019:

  Rock Lobster Information Paper 2019   (620Kb)


Report on submissions

Report to the Minister on submissions on proposed rock lobster rule amendments:


Contact

Wild Fisheries Management Branch
1 Franklin Wharf
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3000, 1300 368 550
Email: fishing.enquiries@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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