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One of the tags our Fisheries Offices are attaching to pot rigs that fail to comply with the new rules.

Tuesday 20 November 2018

Rig your pots right

As recreational rock lobster fishing begins to gear up ahead of the 'whites run’, fishers are reminded to get up to speed with the new pot rope and float rigging rules.

Under rules introduced on 1 July this year, fishers are reminded that you can only attach a maximum of two floats to your pot.

Additionally, the top half of the pot line must be hung vertically in the water when more than 20 metres of rope is used (including the float rig). The changes have been implemented to minimise the risk of gear entanglements with migrating humpback whales and boats.

Our Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Fisheries Officers will initially be undertaking an educative approach by attaching a yellow tag to gear they find is non-compliant.

The tags inform the pot-owner how they need to adjust their gear - pot-owners who are then found to have not updated their gear run the risk of having their pot seized.

For more information about ensuring you rig your pots right, see the rock lobster recreational fishing rules and the rock lobster recreational fishing guide 2018/19.

Recfishwest have also produced this video showing how to rig pots in line with the new rules. 

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