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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2005  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/09/2002   
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Contents >> Fishing >> Recreational fishing >> Catch >> Rock lobster

Recreational rock lobster fishing is mainly centred off the south-east coast of Tasmania, which accounts for 47% of the total recreational effort and 45% of the total harvest in 2000-01.

Recreational fishers can harvest rock lobster by using pots and rings, or by diving. In the year ended 31 October 2001, there were 10,307 recreational licences issued for taking rock lobster by pots, 5,403 for diving and 2,559 for using rings.

An estimated 128,000 rock lobster were harvested by licensed recreational fishers in the 2000-01 licensing year, 7.4% of the total Tasmanian harvest. Some 55% of the 2000-01 harvest was taken by pots, 44% by diving methods and 1% by rings (Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute survey, published 2002).

The recreational fishery is constrained by daily bag limits, and gear restrictions of 1 pot or 4 rings per recreational licence holder.

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