Rock lobster fishery notification—Lower east coast biotoxin closure (2017-11)

Date of effect: 11/11/2017

Supersedes: Industry Advice Notice 2017-05

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) has been advised by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment (DPIPWE), Tasmania, that rock lobster analysis results from Central Zone, Maria Island Zone, Lower East Zone and the Storm Bay Bruny Zone (including the areas west to Whale Head) have returned paralytic shellfish toxin (PST) results above regulatory levels. These areas will not open as scheduled for the commencement of the rock lobster fishery on 18 November 2017.

Three zones will open as scheduled on 27 November 2017 when the Eastern region commercial rock lobster fishery opens:

  • Furneaux Zone
  • North East Zone
  • Upper East Zone

Detailed information in relation to the DPIPWE closures can be found at Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

Contact DPIPWE if you have any questions in relation to the rock lobster fishery notice.

Recreational fishery enquiries: Ph (03) 6165 3233 or 1300 720 647
Commercial fishery enquiries:  Ph (03) 6165 3045

Direction to export registered establishments and exporters

The department issues this direction under order 75 of the Export Control (Fish and Fish products) Orders 2005.

To support the export of Tasmanian caught rock lobster and rock lobster products that are sourced from areas that are open for fishing, the statement:

‘This rock lobster/rock lobster product has been prepared from rock lobster that has been sourced from an open fisheries area’

must be included on all Declarations of Compliance for all Tasmanian caught rock lobster and rock lobster products.

For questions regarding rock lobster exports, please contact Dairy Eggs Fish.