DPIPWE Fishing News May 2012

Welcome to the May edition of Fishing News from the Wild Fisheries Management Branch of DPIPWE updating you on what's happening in Tasmania's sea fisheries.

Rock lobster season closed for females
A reminder that the recreational and commercial fishing season for female rock lobster closed at midnight on 30 April 2012.
Although recreational fishers can still take male rock lobster until 31 August, all female rock lobster must be carefully returned to the water immediately in the area they were caught.
More details on the rock lobster season and other sea fishing rules can be obtained from the Department's website www.fishing.tas.gov.au or the Recreational Sea Fishing Enquiry Line (03) 6233 7042

Shellfish Alert
Tasmanians are advised not to eat wild shellfish from a number of south eastern Tasmanian waters due to a toxic bloom.
The public health alert applies to Port Esperance, Hastings Bay (Southport) and the coastline between.
Do not eat the following seafood from the affected areas:

  • oysters
  • mussels
  • clams/pipis
  • scallops with roe
  • periwinkles
  • the gut of abalone, crab and rock lobster.

Cooking does not destroy the toxins.

Scallops eaten without the roe do not pose a risk.  Abalone, cray and rock lobster are safe to eat but the gut should be removed before eating. (Reminder: the D'Entrecasteaux Channel area is closed for the 2012 season.  More details on scallop fishing elsewhere in the state here).

For more information, go to www.publichealthalerts.tas.gov.au or call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

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