Rock Lobster Proposed Rules and Policy Changes

Rock lobster underwater scene 
Proposed rule changes for the Tasmanian rock lobster fishery and options to rebuild stocks on the East Coast are now open for public comment until 30 May 2022.

These changes are intended to improve long-term stock health and fishery management, ensuring the fishery is sustainable and resilient.

Proposed rule changes

Regional size limits map

Regional size limits map

The main proposal for all fishers is introducing regional size limit zones that align with rock lobster growth rates and maturity sizes.

Proposals for recreational fishers include:
  • Group sharing of catch from pots;
  • Future reporting of recreational catch;
  • Zone transiting provisions;
  • Phone and electronic reporting of lost or irretrievable pots; and
  • Allowing recreational lobsters to be held on unattended vessels.
Proposals for commercial fishers include:
  • Mandatory vessel monitoring systems;
  • Expanding the 60-pot area;
  • Changes to transiting and reporting provisions;
  • Changes to personal possession provisions; and
  • Changes to some quota monitoring arrangements.

East Coast policy

Serious stock challenges on the East Coast remain and the current rebuilding plan is due to end in 2023.  Your views are sought on:
  • Stock rebuilding and biomass targets;
  • Monitoring catch;
  • Future management and catch share scenarios;
  • Translocating lobsters and stock enhancement options; and
  • Recreational only areas.

  Draft Legislation - Fisheries (Rock Lobster) Rules 2022 (PDF 2Mb)

IMAS research papers

 IMAS East Coast Lobster Summary March 2022 (PDF 570Kb)

 IMAS Size Limit Summary March 2022 (PDF 316Kb)

Have your say

Public consultation on the proposed rule and policy changes is now open until midnight, 30 May 2022.

How to make a submission:

Online: >>>Recreational and Community Fisher Response Form​ >>>
>>>Commercial Fisher Response Form​ >>>
Email: Send your written submission to
Post: Wild Fisheries Management Branch, NRE Tas, PO Box 44, Hobart, Tas, 7001

Public information sessions


Information sessions will be held around the State at the venues and dates below. 

Our sessions w​ill be held in a ​ Covid-safe environment ​by limiting each session to 15 people. Please make bookings using the Eventbrite links. 

​Session Times
​Tuesday, 26 April​​ 2022
Launceston Conference Centre Meeting Room 9
12:30pm session​
5:30pm session
7:00pm session
​Wednesday, 27 April 2022
St Helens​
Panorama Hotel St Helens​
5:30pm session
7:00pm session 
​Thursday, 28 April 2022

Diamond Island Resort​
12:30​pm session
​Thursday, 28 April 2022
Eastcoaster Tasmania Conference Room​
5:30pm session
7:00pm session 
​Monday, 2 May 2022
Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania​
12:30pm session
5:30pm session
7:00pm session
​Tuesday, 3 May 2022
Eaglehawk Neck​
Eaglehawk Neck Community Hall ​
5:30pm session
7:00pm session 
​Monday, 9 May 2022
Devonport RSL
5:30pm session
​Tuesday, 10 May 2022
Burnie Arts and Function Centre​
5:30pm session
Wednesday, 11 May​ 2022
Tall Timbers​
5:30pm session​​
​Thursday, 12 May 2022
Strahan Village Meeting Room​
5:30pm session​

**Information Session Update: The previously advertised 7:00pm meetings for the North West and West Coasts have been cancelled due to low interest.  If you'd like to meet us when we are in the area but can't make the 5:30pm meeting, please email us and we may be able to meet you at a convenient time.


Port visits and information sessions for commercial fishers will be held in late March and early April.

Animations: rule proposals explained

We have developed three short animations which explain the key recreational rule changes.

1. Keeping rock lobster populations healthy


2. Aligning size limit zones with growth rates


3. Size limits and transiting zones


Fish illustrations used in the animations are by Peter Gouldthorpe.

Information about submissions

All submissions will be treated as public information and made available on the NRE Tas website. If you wish your submission to be treated as confidential, either whole or in part, please note this in writing at the time of making your submission. No personal information other than the name of individual submitters will be disclosed.

The Right to Information Act 2009 and confidentiality

By law, information provided to the Government may be provided to an applicant under the provisions of the Right to Information Act 2009 (RTI). If you have indicated that you wish all or part of your submission to be confidential, the statement that details your reasons will be taken into account in determining whether or not to release the information in the event of an RTI application for assessed disclosure.


Rock Lobster Review
Level 3, 134 Macquarie Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 0457 005 376 (Commercial), 6165 3047 (Recreational)