Opening of Lower East Coast Biotoxin Zone on 19th Dec 2015

Source and further information:

Results of rock lobster taken from the Lower East Coast biotoxin zone sampled on 9 December 2015 have returned biotoxin levels that will enable the fishery in that zone to open.
The area to open is the Lower East Coast Biotoxin Zone, south of a line at Marion Bay at 42° 49’ South to Tasman Island, connecting with the area already opened in Storm Bay – please see the map below.

This area opens on Saturday, 19 December 2015 at 00.01 hrs to the taking of rock lobster. Pots may be set in the area from 13:00 hrs (1 p.m.) Friday 18 December 2015, however, pots cannot be hauled or lobster taken until Saturday 00:01 hours (Saturday morning).


Maria Island Zone
The Maria Island Zone remains closed. Results for rock lobster samples collected from this zone received today, 16 December 2015 show that biotoxins remain at unacceptable levels. This area will remain closed until further sampling early in January.

Upper East Coast Zone
Results for the Upper East Coast Zone (St Helens) are awaited that may enable a review of the closed status of that zone for the weekend 19/20 December.

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