Rock lobster tagging program

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The tagging of recreationally caught rock lobsters commenced 1 July 2017. All recreational fishers are now required to tag the rock lobster they catch and keep as part of a three-year trial program.

A primary focus for the government is to ensure ongoing access to the rock lobster resource for all sectors, and a healthy, sustainable and well-managed fishery for present and future generations to enjoy.

Currently, there is a lack of information on how many rock lobsters are harvested by the recreational sector. The tagging program will collect information on the numbers caught recreationally by using the number of tags used to represent the number of rock lobsters caught.

What do I need to know about the rock lobster tagging program?

Rock LobsterTagging your catch is mandatory

All recreationally caught rock lobster need to be tagged.

You must register and get tags before you go rock lobster fishing

This is important, as your rock lobster needs to be tagged within 5 minutes of bringing the rock lobster onto a boat, or if taken from the shore, within 5 minutes of landing and within 50m of the place of landing,

You can have up to 20 tags at any one time

You must report used tags to be able to order more.

You must only use tags assigned to you

Exception: children under 18 who are under adult supervision can use the adult's tags.

Tags are transferable

Unused tags can be transferred to another registered fisher via the app or website.

You must report how your tags are used

Report used tags, including the date and location they were used and the carapace length of your catch.

Tags are individually numbered and expire seasonally

The tagging season begins on 16 November each year and finishes on 15 November the following year.

Tags are 100% free

Tagging app loginHow do I register for rock lobster tags?


  1. Click here, or download the VicRLTag app (pictured right) in the App Store and Google Play
  2. Create an account
  3. Order tags
  4. Use tags
  5. Report use of tags
  6. Order more tags

In person

Tags are available over the counter at the following Victorian Government Offices.

  • VFA Office Queenscliff, 2A Bellarine Highway, Queenscliff
  • VFA Office Lakes Entrance, 10 Staunton St, Lakes Entrance
  • DEDJTR Office Warrnambool, 703-709 Raglan Parade, Warrnambool.
  • DELWP Office Geelong, Level 4, 30-38 Little Malop St, Geelong
  • DELWP Office Traralgon, 71 Hotham St, Traralgon

Staff at these offices will be able to assist you in creating your account and obtaining tags. If you have already created your account, simply complete the ordering component while at the office.

The aim of the tagging program is to enable a harvest estimate to be made to improve the sustainable management of the fishery.