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Rock lobster pot with ropes and floats
New lobster pot specifications help rock lobster stocks to remain sustainable
Wednesday 19 April 2017

Check your pots meet new rules

Lobster fishers are reminded to check that their lobster pots meet all the legal requirements, after fisheries officers noted a number of fishers experimenting with new pot designs.

Pot specifications are among changes to lobster fishing rules designed to ensure sustainability of our precious rock lobster.

One of the key specifications to be aware of is escape gaps. Depending on where you’re fishing, each pot may need a certain number of escape gaps of a specific size to allow juvenile lobsters to get out, so they can reach maturity and breed.

To help combat illegal pot pulling and assist us in identifying lost or stolen pots, we encourage you to engrave your gear identification number onto your pots. If possible, this should be done on the pot frame and on the end where the hauling ropes are attached.  

Long pot ropes floating on the surface can cause problems − the propellers of a passing boat could get entangled or cut them, causing a pot to be dragged away or lost. To prevent this, attach light weights, such as snapper sinkers, to the ropes about three metres from the floats to keep the ropes submerged.

By following the fishing rules and being considerate of other fishers, you can help to make sure we have rock lobster for the future and that everyone can enjoy fishing.
For all the rules, including pot specifications, download the Recreational rock lobster fishing guide or pick up a copy from our offices and participating information outlets.​​​​​






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