*This page has been updated to reflect new rules
that apply from 1 November 2022.*
To find out what's changed, watch the
video - Key Rules You Need to Know
Measuring rock lobster
The length of the rock lobster's carapace (shell) is used to measure its size. To measure a rock lobster:
If you are taking rock lobster close to minimum size, be sure your measuring device is accurate.
- Spread the antennal horns.
- Place the gauge tip hard into the middle notch.
- Measure from the notch to the end of the carapace.
Tail-marking rock lobster
Rock lobster that you keep must be marked as recreationally-caught:
Southern Zone: Cut off at least a quarter of the central tail fan segment OR punch a 10 mm hole in it.
Northern Zone: Cut off at least a quarter of both outer tail fan segments OR punch a 10mm hole in them..
If fishing from a boat, mark the tail fan within 5 minutes of the lobster being brought to the boat, before retrieving another pot, moving the boat, and before landing.
If fishing from the shore, mark the tail fan within 5 minutes of landing and within 50 metres of where you are fishing.
Watch the video - Size limits and tail marking
Sexing rock lobster
- have large, overlapping pleopods (swimmerets/flaps) under the tail; and
- have a small nipper claw present on the end of each rear leg.
- have small swimmerets under the tail;
- have no nipper claws on the rear legs.
Lobsters in berry
It is illegal to take female rock lobster in berry (with eggs) or to strip the eggs. If you catch a lobster in berry, return it to the water as soon as possible.
Female rock lobster in berry
Video - Female rock lobster in berry