Our Southern Rock Lobster Processors/Fish Handlers
The State’s remote location and pristine environment provide ideal conditions for the southern rock lobster (Jasus edwardsii). Commonly known in Tasmania as crayfish, the rock lobster lives in a variety of habitats ranging from shallow rocky inshore pools out to the continental shelf. It varies in colour from the deep reddish purple of shallow water specimens to purple and creamy yellow in deeper offshore waters.
A large female rock lobster can carry up to 400,000 eggs. These ‘berried’ females are totally protected in Tasmanian waters and must be returned to the water immediately. This is one of the many measures implemented by the State Government to ensure sustainability of this high value and highly prized crustacean.
Catching your Southern Rock Lobster
Commercial fishers operate as individual businesses in a complex and highly competitive global market place.
The Tasmanian Rock Lobster Fishermen’s Association (TRLFA) is the peak commercial fishing body recognised under the Act for the rock lobster fishery. The Crustacean Fisheries Advisory Committee (CFAC) provides advice directly to the Minister on the management of the fishery. The Association represents approximately 350 members.
0428 573 076
0438 373 177
PO Box 109
South Hobart TAS 7004
ABN: 30 009 553 413