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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/09/2002   
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Contents >> Fishing >> Wild fisheries >> Rock lobster >> Fishing fleet

The fishing fleet comprises 250 vessels between 6 m and 26 m in length. Most vessels are used primarily for rock lobster fishing. The only commercial fishing method for rock lobster is the use of rock lobster pots, which are baited and then set for a number of hours, usually overnight. The lobster are attracted by the bait and crawl into the pots. The neck of the pot is designed in such a way that it is difficult for the lobster to get out of the pot. The pots are required to have escape gaps to allow under size rock lobster to escape from the pot.

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