Decade of Recovery for Rock Lobster Stock off Tasmania’s East Coast

Southern rock lobster stock off Tasmania’s east coast is recovering well thanks to management actions introduced in 2013 through the State Government’s East Coast Stock Rebuilding Strategy. These actions were based on IMAS stock modelling under different catch scenarios and included changes in commercial and recreational regulations.

“A statewide stock decline was observed in the 2007-2008 season, with the total allowable catch not being caught despite an increase in the fishing effort,” IMAS Crustacean Fisheries Team Leader, Dr Rafael Leon said.

“On the east coast, that stock decline started earlier than 2007 in each of the three stock assessment areas between Eddystone Point and Southport, which are used for modelling purposes.”

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