Rock Lobster Translocation Program

​East Coast Translocation

Since 2015, the Tasmanian Government has funded a Rock Lobster Translocation Program to support the East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone. Over the first three years of the program from 2015-2018, 145,000 lobsters were translocated.

In 2018, the program was funded at $75,000 per year for a further four years through to 2022. This will enable 25,000 - 30,000 lobsters to be translocated each year. 

In total 229,500 lobsters have been translocated to the east coast under the Tasmanian Government  funded program.  

Translocation increases productivity and biomass in an area by moving lobsters from slow growing, deep water areas in the south west to faster growth inshore east coast areas.

Rock lobster translocation east coast

Rock lobsters from the south coast are translocated to East Coast release locations


This program is funded by the Government, overseen by a Governance Committee with representatives from DPIPWE, IMAS, TARFish and the Tasmanian Rock Lobster Fishermans Association (TRLFA). The on-water translocation is undertaken by commercial rock lobster fishers and  coordinated by the TRLFA.

East coast rock lobster translocation areas 2015- 2022

East coast rock lobster translocation areas 2015- 2022

​​Release locations

A total of 229,500  lobsters have been translocated to sites from Eddystone Point to Tasman Island. 

The release locations for each year are shown on the map.

West Coast Translocation

The TRLFA is also undertaking a translocation program funded by the commercial rock lobster industry to boost productivity on the West Coast, in total 772,500 rock lobsters have been translocated under this program since 2014.


Wild Fisheries Management Branch
Level 3, 134 Macquarie Street
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3000