Tropical rock lobster closed season

News release | 24-Sep-2018

Tropical rock lobster will be off limits to fishers in Queensland’s northern rock lobster waters from the start of October.

Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol District Manager Tony Loader said an annual closed season starts at midnight 1 October 2018 until midnight 31 December 2018.

“The closed season applies to all species of tropical rock lobster and is timed to coincide with the lobster’s spawning season,” Mr Loader said.

“Closed seasons or regulated waters prevent people from fishing at certain times of the year to protect valuable breeding stock.”

The closed season applies to all species of tropical rock lobster (family Panuliridae) in the following Queensland tidal waters:

  • north of latitude 14° S, south of Cape York, and east of longitude 142°31´49" E (just north of Claremont Point)
  • in the Gulf of Carpentaria, shoreward of the 25 n mile line and south of latitude 10°48´ S.

For more information on tropical rock lobster and closed seasons, visit www.fisheries.qld.gov.au, call 13 25 23 or download the free ‘Qld fishing’ app from Apple or Google app stores.

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