Rock lobster fishery

The South Australian Rock Lobster fishery is based on the capture of Southern Rock Lobster (Jasus edwardsii). Other species are permitted to be landed and sold, including giant crabs and octopus. Rock Lobsters are commercially harvested with pots that are set over night. Rock Lobster licence holders may also harvest marine scalefish as endorsed on their licence.

Fishery zones

The Rock Lobster fishery is separated into 2 zones:

  • Southern Zone: all marine waters between the mouth of the Murray River and the Victorian border.
  • Northern Zone: all marine waters between the mouth of the Murray River and the Western Australian border.

Licensing

There are no new licences available for the Rock Lobster fishery.

Expiry

Rock Lobster fishery licences are issued for the term of the management plan. The current management plan for the Southern Zone is effective to 2018, and the management plan for the Northern Zone is effective to 2019.

Fees

Commercial licence fees must be paid each financial year. Invoices are issued annually in June.

Payments can be made:

  • up-front
  • in a lump sum
  • in quarterly installments.

Licence transfer

Licences can be transferred from 1 person to another.

See the forms below for more information:

Boat registration and de-registration

Every boat that is used for commercial fishing must be registered.

Use the these forms to register or de-register a boat:

Boat master registration

All people who act as a commercial fishing boat master must be registered by the licence holder. Multiple boat masters can be registered using the form below.

Application to change registration of a master/s (PDF 360.6 KB)

Quota transfer

Licence holders can transfer their quota entitlements to another licence holder. Transfers can be temporary or permanent.

See the forms below for more information:

Rock Lobster fishery management

The Rock Lobster fishery is regulated by:

Management plans for each zone of the fishery have the management arrangements including harvest strategy:

Other management arrangements include:

  • A total allowable commercial catch quota.
  • Minimum legal size limits.
  • Restrictions on taking females carrying eggs.
  • Closed seasons.
  • Restrictions on number of allowed.
  • Escape gaps and sea lion exclusion devices on some pots.
  • Northern zone Rock Lobster fishery licence holders are required to have an operation vessel monitoring system (VMS) fitted to their boat.

Reports

Stock status reports:

Fishery assessment reports:

Economic indicator reports:

Department of the Environment and Energy

The Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy requires that all commercial fisheries that export product be assessed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Product from the Rock Lobster Fishery is currently approved for export.

For more information, go to the South Australian fisheries page on the Department of the Environment website.

Closures

See the closures page.

Contact

Annabel Jones
Program Leader, Commercial fisheries
Phone: (08) 8429 0165
Email: annabel.jones@sa.gov.au

South Australian Rock Lobster Advisory Council
Executive Officer, Nathan Kimber
Phone: (08) 8132 0257
Fax: (08) 8132 0161
Mobile: 0417 838 459
Email: nathan@kimberconsulting.com.au

South Eastern Professional Fishermen’s Association Inc
Executive Officer, Nathan Kimber
Phone: (08) 8132 0257
Fax: (08) 8132 0161
Mobile: 0417 838 459
Email: nathan@kimberconsulting.com.au

South Australian Northern Zone Rock Lobster Fishermen’s Association Inc
Executive Officer: Kyriakos Toumazos
Mobile: 0402 466 758
Email:kyri.toumazos@hotmail.com

Page Last Reviewed: 28 Jul 2017
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