2015-09 - Rock lobster fishery notification—Parts of the eastern region Tasmania to open

Date of effect: 30/11/2015

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 some parts of the east coast have returned paralytic shellfish toxins (PST) below regulatory levels. DPIPWE have now opened parts of the eastern region rock lobster fishery.

The following areas are now open:

  • the North East Zone (Red Rocks near Eddystone Points to Banks Strait)
  • the Central East Zone (Picaninny/Wardlaws Point to Wineglass Bay)
  • the area between Whale Head and Tasman Island including Storm, Norfolk and Frederick Henry Bays
  • the area in Bass Strait from Point Sorell to Stony Head below the line of latitude 40° 39’ 18” S.

All other eastern region biotoxin zones will remain closed.

The DPIPWE will continue to test rock lobster in three biotoxin zones along the East Coast. If levels of PST are below the regulatory limit, other areas may be opened to fishing. Further notices will be issued by DPIPWE to open areas as appropriate.

The department will issue further Industry Advice Notices when this occurs.

Detailed information in relation to the DPIPWE closures can be found at Biotoxin Fishery Events.

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 following statement must be included on all Declarations of Compliance for all Tasmanian caught rock lobster and rock lobster products:

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

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

Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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