Southern rock lobster fishing methods and rules

This table provides a general overview of the major fishing methods, rules and management arrangements that apply to the take of southern rock lobster in Victoria.

For further detail, please refer to the Fisheries Regulations 2009.

More information on recreational fishing methods and rules for southern rock lobster can also be found at: Recreational fishing in Victoria.

More information on the management of the commercial southern rock lobster fishery, including catch statistics, fishing methods and total allowable commercial catch can be found on our Commercial southern rock lobster fishery page.

Fishing methods

Victorian component of south-eastern Australian stock

Commercial


Baited pots

Yes

Recreational and Indigenous


Hand collection (diving)

Yes

Hoop nets

Yes

Fishing rules

 

Commercial


Licence classes accessing the stock

Rock Lobster (Western Zone) Fishery Access Licence
Rock Lobster (Eastern Zone) Fishery Access Licence

Limited entry 
(i.e. maximum number of licences)

Yes

Minimum size

11 centimetres for male rock lobster
10.5 centimetres for female rock lobster

Gear restrictions

Pot specifications
No more than 140 pots may be used in the western zone
No more than 120 pots may be used in the eastern zone

Total Allowable Catch

Yes

Number of quota units

1,000 in eastern management zone
3,633.48 in western management zone

Number of pots

2,021 in eastern management zone
5,162 in western management zone

Spatial closures
(e.g. prohibited areas)

Marine National Parks

Marine Sanctuaries

Recreational reef zones

Temporal closures
(e.g. seasons)

Male = 15 Sept to 15 Nov inclusive
Female = 1 June to 15 Nov inclusive

Vessel Monitoring System

Not required

Product movement requirements
(e.g. sales receipts)

Catch disposal records
Sales receipts

Catch and effort reporting

Within 20 minutes of landing

Fishing notifications

Pre-landing
Post-landing
Restricted landing locations

Management zones

Eastern Zone: Apollo Bay (143°40'E) east to NSW border and south to 39°12'S
Western Zone: Apollo Bay (143°40'E) west to SA border and south to 40°S

Recreational and Indigenous


Bag and possession limits
(in, on or next to Victorian waters)

Bag limit 2 per day

Possession limit 4 per day

Minimum size

11 centimetres for male rock lobster
10.5 centimetres for female rock lobster

Gear restrictions

Hand only
Must not use a snare, gaff or hook
No more than 2 hoop nets

Spatial closures
(e.g. prohibited areas)

Marine National Parks

Marine Sanctuaries

Temporal closures
(e.g. seasons)

Male = 15 Sept to 15 Nov inclusive
Female = 1 June to 15 Nov inclusive

Other

Must be tail-clipped or tail-punched within 5 minutes of bringing to a boat or landing

Management framework

 

Management plan

Victorian Rock Lobster Fishery Management Plan