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The diagram illustrates the combined pot line and float rig when rope length is more than 20 metres.

Friday 30 November 2018

New rock lobster floats and ropes rules reminder

​In the lead up to the ‘whites’ rock lobster run, recreational rock lobster fishers are reminded of new floats and ropes rules, and restrictions on night time fishing.

Fishers gearing up for the season must ensure the top half of their pot ropes are vertical in the water column, when using more than 20 metres of rope.

There is also a night time curfew on pulling pots and fishers must ensure they don’t attach more than two floats to each pot.

Floats must be at least 15 cm in diameter and stamped or branded with the licence holder’s gear ID number, with lettering 6 cm high and at least 1 cm wide.

You cannot use pool noodles, smaller ‘indicator’ floats or any other additional floating objects attached to your rope.

The new rules reduce the risk of pot rope entanglements with migrating whales and the loss of fishing gear due to boat strikes.

New measures for recreational rock lobster fishing were implemented in May 2018 to coincide with the removal of season restrictions following effective management of this valuable fishery.

Around 55,000 fishers are expected to take out a recreational fishing licence to participate in this fishery over the coming season.

For more information about ensuring you rig your pots right, see the rock lobster recreational fishing rules and the rock lobster recreational fishing guide 2018/19.

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