Tropical rock lobsters will be off limits to fishers in North Queensland waters at the start of October 2017.
A closed season applies to all species of tropical rock lobster in North Queensland tidal waters from midnight 1 October 2017 until midnight 31 December 2017.
The closure – an annual occurrence – is timed to coincide with the lobster’s spawning season and is vital management tool to protect the fishery.
“Closed seasons or regulated waters prevent people from fishing at certain times of the year to protect valuable breeding stock,” Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol district manager Bob Russell said.
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 the QLD DAF website, call 13 25 23 or download the free ‘Qld fishing’ app from Apple or Google app stores.
Source: QLD DAF