Recreational Rock Lobster Catch App Trial

​​The rock lobster catch app trial has now concluded. From 2 December 2023, all recreational fishers are required to report their rock lobster catch using the Fishing Tas app or alternative reporting method.

Outcome of trial

The recreational rock lobster catch app trial was run during the 2021/22 and 2022/23 rock lobster seasons to test the feasibility of recreational fishers reporting their rock lobster catch using an app.

Over 1000 fishers downloaded and used the trial app across the two seasons, with:

  • 1, 476 trips logged,
  • 4,466 rock lobster caught, and
  • 2, 297 rock lobster kept.

Many fishers provided feedback on the trial app. The feedback has helped inform the design of the catch reporting component in the new Fishing Tas app, such as the addition of a feature that allows you to report rock lobster catch on behalf of other fishers.

Why a catch app? ​

A catch app was developed over other options because it is cost-effective and provides real-time data with little effort required by fishers. The app trial formed part of a 2021 IMAS recreational catch monitoring research project. This project also considered catch tags, however tags need a distribution system, and tag loss and plastic pollution can present problems.

 Options to effectively monitor and regulate recreational catch in the Tasmanian rock lobster fishery

 Information Paper - Recreational Rock Lobster catch tags



    Contact

    ​Recreational Fishing Enquiries
    Level 3, 134 Macquarie St
    Hobart TAS 7000
    Phone: 03 6165 3233, 1300 720 647
    Email: fishing.enquiries@nre.tas.gov.au

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    Contact us

    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