Tropical Rock Lobster Catch Data for 2017-18

The final catch data for the 2017-18 Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery has been published.

The fishing season ran from 1 December 2017 to 30 July 2018, with the sustainable catch limit for the fishing season 254,150 kg. This was less than past seasons due to low numbers of young lobsters entering the Fishery.

The sustainable catch limit was reached sooner than in past seasons and the Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) was required to close the fishery early.

The final total catch figure for the 2017-18 season was 260,303.81 kilograms, or 102.42 per cent of the sustainable catch limit.

The information below breaks down the catch data by month and sector.

Total reported catch for the Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery for the 2017-18 fishing season (as at 5 September 2018)*

Month

Reported catch (kg) for Traditional Inhabitant Boat (TIB) licence holders

Reported catch (kg) for Transferable Vessel Holder (TVH) licence holders

TOTALS

Dec-17

15,077.98

33.72

15,111.70

Jan-18

13,059.72

0.00

13,059.72

Feb-18

20,936.83

42,415.36

63,352.19

Mar-18

19,083.95

28,605.83

47,689.78

Apr-18

16,994.33

23,381.14

40,375.46

May-18

10,130.47

3,110.28

13,240.75

Jun-18

10,997.76

2,522.63

13,520.39

Jul-18

20,396.52

33,557.31

53,953.83

TOTALS*

126,677.55

133,626.26

260,303.81

percentage of TAC

49.84

52.58

102.42

Notes: *The reported catch figures are sourced from catch disposal records (TDB02). There may be some outstanding records. The reported catch figures do not include any estimates of unreported catch.

The total allowable catch (TAC) for the TRL Fishery for the 2017-18 fishing season was 254,150kg. The fishing season ran from 1 December 2017 to 30 July 2018.

Need more information?

Call the AFMA Thursday Island Office 07 4069 1990.

If you suspect you see illegal fishing ring the CRIMFISH Hotline on 1800 274 634.