Rock lobster/ giant crab fishery notification—biotoxin closure update (2018-04)
Date of effect: 18 February 2018
Supersedes: Industry Advice Notice 2018-01
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 for the Maria Island Zone have returned paralytic shellfish toxin (PST) results below regulatory levels. As a result, the Maria Island Zone has now been opened.
All biotoxin zones are open for eastern region commercial rock lobster/ giant crab fishery:
- Central East Zone
- Furneaux Zone
- Lower East Coast Zone
- Maria Island Zone
- North East Zone
- Upper East Zone
- Storm Bay Bruny Zone
Note: The east coast is currently closed to commercial rock lobster fishing (until 1 March 2018) as the stock rebuilding catch cap trigger was reached in late January.
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 / giant crab 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 / giant crab and giant crab products that are sourced from areas that are open for fishing, the statement:
‘This rock lobster/rock lobster product or giant crab/ giant crab product has been prepared from rock lobster / giant crab 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 or giant crab and giant crab products.
For questions about rock lobster and giant crab exports, please contact Dairy Eggs Fish.