fishing NSW/SA/VIC/TAS
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  • NSW Lobster Trap Regulations, Fisheries NSW

  • Not more than one trap is to be used (or in possession) by any person at any time.
  • The base or floor of the trap may be either rectangular or circular.
  • Rectangular not exceeding 1.2 metres by 1.2 metres.
  • Circular not exceeding 1.2 metres in diameter.

  • A float/buoy to be labelled with LT, initial and surname, year of birth (YOB) and postcode of the person who sets, uses or lifts the fishing gear. The float being at least 100 mm in diameter and 50 mm above the water with all letters to be a minimum of 15 mm and in a colour contrasting to the buoy. There must also be a 50 gram weight attached no less than one metre below the buoy so that no rope/line is floating on the surface of the water.
  • Escape gaps are required. Either: One gap not less than 57 mm high x 500 mm wide; or two gaps not less than 57 mm wide x 250 mm wide; or three gaps not less than 57 mm high x 200 mm wide so that no part of any escape gap is more than 12 cm above the floor of the trap.
  • Lobster traps must not be used in inland waters or any waters more than 10 m deep (contour).
  • Only Rocklobsters can be taken with this trap.
  • Do not set gear in areas of high boat traffic or navigation channels.
SA (South Australia) Rock lobster pots in Southern zone

All rock lobster pots must be registered before they can be used.
Lobster pots are only for personal use.

Maximum width: 1.5 metres.

Maximum height: 1.2 metres

Maximum number of pots: 2

The Mouth of the pot: must be at the top.

  • Marking:
  • 1 red buoy that is 4 litres in volume and a current registration tag.
  • Escape gaps:
  • There must be 2 escape gaps on opposite sides of the pot
  • The tops of the escape gaps must be no more than 11 cm from the base of the pot.
  • Must be a minimum 15 cm wide and 5.5 cm high
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Sa (South Australia) Rock lobster pots in Northern zone

Maximum width: 1.5 metres

Maximum height: 1.2 metres

Maximum number permitted: 2

  • Marking: 1 red buoy that is 4 litres in volume, a current registration tag.
  • Mouth of the pot: must be at the top.


  • Escape gaps:
  • There must be 2 on opposite sides of the pot, must have the top no more than 11 cm from the base of the pot.
  • Must be at least 28 cm wide and 5.7 cm high.

Sea lion exclusion device

Sea lion exclusion devices prevent Australian sea lions from entering lobster pots. They are mandatory for pots set in water less than 100 metres deep.

Devices are made of a metal rod that: Is fastened to the centre point of the base of the pot, stands vertically and extends up to be level with the base of the pot neck or higher.

TAZ Rock Lobster Pot - Tasmania

You may only possess and use one recreational rock lobster pot (cray pot) on State waters. A person in charge of a boat must not allow more than 5 rock lobster pots to be on or used from their boat and all licensees must be present. The pot must comply with the following dimensions:
  • No larger than 1250 mm x 1250 mm at base and 750 mm high;
  • Escape gaps should be at least 57 mm high and the lower inside edge no more than 150 mm up from the floor of the pot;
  • If there is only one escape gap, it must be at least 400 mm wide and if there are two, they must each be at least 200 mm wide;
  • The hole in the middle of the neck of a rock lobster pot has to be large enough to allow a buoy of 200 mm in diameter to pass through it without touching the sides; and
  • No objects, such as bait sticks, may obstruct the opening.
You cannot recreationally fish for rock lobster or have a recreational pot or ring on a commercial fishing trip. You cannot use rock lobster for bait.

A lobster pot must be marked with a buoy, that:

  • is specifically designed as a buoy.
  • floats on the surface of the water.
  • is at least 195 mm in diameter at the widest point.
  • has no markings other than the licence number.
  • has the licence number clearly marked in figures not less than 70 mm high and 12 mm wide.
  • Must be marked with the licence number and the letter "P" for pot.
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