Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery to close

The Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster (TRL) Fishery will be closed from 31 July–30 November 2018.

  • Commercial TRL fishing will not be permitted.
  • All commercial TRL catch must be landed and weighed by a Torres Strait Fish Receiver by 11:59pm on 30 July 2018.
  • Traditional TRL fishing will still be permitted.
  • Commercial TRL fishing will reopen on 1 December 2018.

The sustainable catch limit this season was 254,150 kg. This is lower than past seasons due to low numbers of young lobsters entering the Fishery.

As a result, the limit was reached sooner than in past seasons Under the Torres Strait Treaty with PNG, the PZJA is required to close the Fishery when the limit is reached.

The management of the Fishery is based on the best available science to protect the TRL stock so that fishing can continue in future seasons.

Each season a large proportion of the TRL stock is left in the water for traditional fishing and to allow lobsters to breed and produce young for future seasons.

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.