Upper East Biotoxin Zone Opening
Source and further information: http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/sea-fishing-aquaculture/sustainable-fisheries-management/Biotoxin-Fishery-Events
Results of rock lobster taken from the Upper East Biotoxin Zone (around St Helens) sampled on 14 December 2015 have returned biotoxin levels that will enable the fishery in that zone to open.
The area to open is the Upper East Biotoxin Zone, south of a line at Red Rocks at 41° 01’ South and north of a line at Picaninny Point at 41° 40’ South – please see map.
This area opens on Sunday 20 December 2015 at 00.01 hrs to the taking of rock lobster. Pots may be set in the area from 13:00 hrs (i.e. 1 p.m.) Saturday 19 December 2015, however, pots cannot be hauled or lobster taken until Sunday 00:01 hours (i.e. Sunday morning).
Maria Island Zone
The Maria Island Zone remains closed. Results for rock lobster samples collected from this zone received 16 December 2015 show that biotoxins remain at unacceptable levels. This area will remain closed until further sampling early in January.
Reminder to mark rock lobster by cutting the central tail fan as soon as it is landed
This marks the fish as a non-commercial lobster and it can not be bartered or sold.