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Characterisation of the recreational fishery for southern rock lobster, Jasus edwardsii, in Tasmania, Australia: implications for management

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Lyle, JM (2005) Characterisation of the recreational fishery for southern rock lobster, Jasus edwardsii, in Tasmania, Australia: implications for management. New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 39 (3). pp. 703-714. ISSN 0028-8330

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Abstract

Southern rock lobster (Jasus edwardsii)
support significant commercial and recreational fisheries
in Tasmania, Australia. Since the mid 1990s the
number of persons holding recreational lobster licences
increased by over 80%, with c. 15 500 persons
licensed in 2002/03. Assessment of the
recreational fishery has been undertaken periodically
since 1996 using a telephone-diary survey method.
The fishery was concentrated off the south-east and
east coasts of Tasmania and characterised by strong
seasonality in catch and effort, which peaked markedly
early in the fishing year (November–January).
Although pots were the most popular fishing method,
daily catch rates by divers were more than double
those for pots. Divers selectively harvested larger
lobsters than those taken by pots and more frequently
attained the daily bag limit of 5 lobsters. The estimated
recreational harvest increased significantly
since 1996/97 and in 2002/03 effectively reached a
management trigger level of 10% of the total allowable
commercial catch, flagging a review of recreational
management arrangements.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: southern rock lobster; Jasus edwardsii; recreational lobster fishery; recreational fishing survey; recreational-commercial fishery interactions
Journal or Publication Title: New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research
Page Range: pp. 703-714
ISSN: 0028-8330
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2007 22:13
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:25
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