Recreational rock lobster catch reporting

​​From 2 December 2023, you must report your rock lobster catch using the Fishing Tas app or telephone reporting service (1300 720 647).

When you fish for rock lobster, you must make a Catch Report.  You must make this report even if you don’t catch any rock lobster.

You can report on behalf of another fisher using the app. It is the responsibility of the fisher making the report to ensure it is accurate. You cannot report your catch using the voluntary reporting app that was trialled in previous seasons.

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You can only be registered for catch reporting on one device at a time. If you install the app and register for catch reporting on multiple devices, only the device you most recently registered will be able to submit a catch report.

Learn how to report your rock lobster catch using the Fishing Tas app.



Catch report

A Catch Report can be made on the water, but must be made before travelling 100m from your point of landing. Your point of landing is wherever you have brought your rock lobster ashore after fishing (e.g. the boat ramp or beach).

If you will be staying on the water overnight, you must complete your catch report before the end of the day.

A Catch Report must always be made, regardless of whether you caught any rock lobster.

A Catch Report includes:

  • the date your fishing was undertaken;
  • the fishing method you used;
  • the general location where you fished;
  • how many rock lobster you kept (even if 0); and,
  • how many rock lobster you released (even if 0)
You can also choose to report extra information about your catch like the weight, sex and length of your rock lobster.​

Reporting on behalf of another fisher

You can report catch on behalf of another fisher using the Fishing Tas app. Reports made on behalf of another fisher will not appear in your trip log or your season report, but will submit at the same time as your personal catch report.

If you have the Fishing Tas app and are registered for catch reporting, but another fisher has reported catch on your behalf, this catch report will not appear in your app.

It is the responsibility of the fisher making the report to ensure it is accurate.

Alternative reporting service

If you don't have the Fishing Tas app, another fisher can use their app to report on your behalf, or you can use the telephone reporting service (1300 720 647) to make your reports.

Reporting when there is no reception

Using the app

If you are using the app, you can continue to make reports when there is no reception, but you must submit them when you return to reception. See 'Making and submitting reports when you have no reception' in How to report your rock lobster catch using the Fishing Tas app.

Using telephone reporting

If you are using the telephone reporting service and there is no reception, you must keep your own written record of your Catch Reports. Upon returning to reception, you must make these reports using the telephone reporting service as soon as possible.

How will the data be used?

The data you enter into the app will help us better understand recreational rock lobster fishing in Tasmania and will be used and stored in accordance with the Fishing Tas app Privacy Policy and IMAS data-sharing agreements.

Catch reporting will not immediately replace the annual IMAS telephone survey currently used to assess recreational rock lobster catch. Rather, data from catch reporting will provide additional information that can be used to supplement existing rock lobster stock assessment methods.

Any data that is made publicly available will be de-identified, and fishing locations will be reported by general area only. Your personal details and fishing locations will never be publicly disclosed.


Why is catch reporting mandatory?

Rock lobster is a valuable species for recreational and commercial fishers, but to manage it well we need to understand how much is being caught each year and where.

By requiring every recreational fisher to report their catch, we can improve our understanding of what recreational rock lobster fishing looks like around the state.

This will enhance our understanding of the value and impact of recreational rock lobster fishing, and help us equitably manage the fishery into the future for all sectors of the rock lobster fishery.

Why an app?

An app was chosen for catch reporting because it allows real-time data collection, is cost-effective and requires little effort from fishers in comparison to other catch reporting methods. More information on the range of options that were considered is available in the report below.

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

A trial catch reporting app was available for recreational rock lobster fishers to use during the 2021/22 and 2022/23 rock lobster seasons. Feedback from users helped inform the design of the catch reporting component of the Fishing Tas app.

Frequently Asked Questions and Troubleshooting

Read Catch Reporting FAQs for more information about recreational rock lobster reporting, or visit Troubleshooting for solutions to any issues encountered when reporting using the Fishing Tas app.


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

Hotline

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0427 655 557

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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