Rock Lobster Harvest Strategy

The Government is currently developing a harvest strategy for the Rock Lobster fishery.

It will provide a clear framework for ongoing management of the rock lobster fishery to achieve set sustainability and stakeholder objectives. Harvest strategies represent a best-practice approach to sustainable fisheries management and are now commonly used in all other Australian jurisdictions

How the strategy will be developed

The Rock Lobster Harvest Strategy will be developed over two stages, each of which will involve collaboration and consultation with key stakeholders and the wider community.

Stage 1: What do we want the fishery to look like?

Stage 1 of the Harvest Strategy will focus on the science of the rock lobster fishery and how it can inform sustainable management, including:

  • Defining the existing rock lobster fishery, including management areas, current sustainability assessment methods and management options.
  • Setting biological reference points and targets which would trigger changes in fishery management.

Stage 2: How will we get there?

Stage 2 of the Harvest Strategy will focus on identifying the different social, economic and cultural objectives of the different stakeholders in the rock lobster fishery and how to manage these objectives in tandem with the biological reference points and targets established in Stage 1.

Community consultation

Harvest Strategies aim to provide a wholistic approach to fisheries management, considering the uses, needs and objectives of everyone involved in the fishery. To support this, engagement, communication and consultation will occur throughout the development of the strategy.

Rock Lobster Harvest Strategy Working Group

The Rock Lobster Harvest Strategy Working Group (the Working Group) has been established to inform development of the Harvest Strategy. It includes representatives of all sectors (commercial, recreational, Aboriginal and cultural, independent science and fishery management), and will meet regularly to discuss and inform project progression and make recommendations.

Subgroups will be established as needed to provide recommendations to the Working Group. 

Fisher and community consultation

Recreational, commercial and Aboriginal fishers will be engaged through community based workshops, port tours and consultation sessions throughout Stage 1 and Stage 2 of Harvest Strategy development.

Harvest Strategy scope

The Rock Lobster Harvest Strategy will apply to commercial and non-commercial fishing in state waters relating to the take of southern rock lobster (Jasus edwardsii).

The commercial sector includes Aboriginal people engaged in commercial fishing activities. The non-commercial sector includes Aboriginal cultural fishing, recreational fishing and charter fishing activities.

The Rock Lobster Harvest Strategy will be used to inform Total Allowable Catch (TAC) setting and fisheries management decisions.


    Contact

    ‚ÄčWild Fisheries Management Branch
    Level 3, 134 Macquarie Street
    GPO Box 44
    Hobart TAS 7001
    Phone: 03 6165 3000, 1300 368 550
    Email: fishing.enquiries@nre.tas.gov.au

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    Recreational Fishing

    Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

    Hobart TAS 7000

    Phone: (03) 6165 3233, 1300 720 647

    Email: fishing.enquiries@nre.tas.gov.au

    Commercial Fisheries

    Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

    GPO Box 44

    Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550

    Email: commercial.fisheries@nre.tas.gov.au

    Commercial Fisheries Licensing

    Level 1, 134 Macquarie St

    GPO Box 44

    Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550

    Email: fishing.licensing@nre.tas.gov.au