Biotoxin Fishery Events

Fisheries Situation Update - 14 July 2016

Commercial Rock Lobster Fishery

An IMAS dive team will be collecting rock lobster samples for further PST testing from Great Oyster Bay on Monday 18 July, subject to the weather. PST levels in mussels from Great Oyster Bay are still above the maximum permitted level for shellfish, but have trended downwards over the last couple of weeks.

The Maria Island Biotoxin zone will remain shut pending the results from these samples. The results should be available about a week from date of sampling.

All other biotoxin zones are open.

Fisheries Situation Update - 5 July 2016

Commercial Rock Lobster Fishery

Maria Island Biotoxin Zone to remain closed

The rock lobster samples collected on Mon 27 June 2016 from Schouten Island, Great Oyster Bay, for PST testing have returned results with a high of 0.53 mg/kg. ( the maximum permitted level for shellfish is 0.8mg/kg).

Under the Rock Lobster Biotoxin management plan decision protocols, this zone will remain closed to allow the collection of more lobster samples to check if the PST levels are going up or down.  The zone is expected to be shut for at least 3 weeks. A decision on when to collect more samples will be made later this week, when more PST data from mussels / oysters is available.


All other biotoxin zones are open.

The Eastern Region recreational rock lobster fishery including this Zone, is already closed as part of the East Coast stock rebuilding strategy.

Eastern Region Biotoxin zone status at 25 June 2016.  The closed zone is depicted in red.

May 2016 Update - Public Health Warning

The Department of Health and Human Services has warned that recreationally collected shellfish from the east and south coasts of Tasmania may cause illness and should not be eaten.

During April and May 2016, toxins have been detected in shellfish including oysters, mussels and scallops.

Read the current warning.

For public health information on eating recreationally harvested wild shellfish see:

For information on fishery closures, contact the Wild Fisheries Management Branch on 1300 720 647.

Background information

DPIPWE Wild Fisheries has developed the Rock Lobster Biotoxin Plan and Decision Protocol in consultation with the Tasmanian Rock Lobster Fisherman's Association, the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture and other stakeholders. It is used for determining management outcomes and responses in relation to a Paralytic Shellfish Toxin (PST) event in the rock lobster fishery.

  Rock Lobster Biotoxin Plan and Decision Making Protocol July 2015   (997Kb)

Recreational licence refunds

Please note that recreational licence refunds will not be granted if you are unable to fish in some waters due to biotoxin closures.  Licences grant access to all Tasmanian waters and biotoxin closures apply only to specific zones within those waters.  Licence holders can still fish outside any closed areas.


How to stay informed

Web:  This webpage - Biotoxin Fishery Events
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Phone: Recreational enquiries Ph (03) 6165 3233 or 1300 720 647
             Commercial enquiries: Ph (03) 6165 3045

Public health alerts:

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