At IMAS, we run several tagging programs.
If you're out fishing or diving, you may spot a tag on an abalone, rock lobster, shark, Sand Flathead, bream, Striped Trumpeter, Banded Morwong, or other marine species. They may be tagged with either a plastic tag, a t-bar tag or an acoustic tag, as shown below.
RECORD INFO ABOUT THE TAGGED FISH
If you happen to catch a tagged fish, please record the following information:
You can report this to IMAS info by:
The Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (NRE Tasmania, formerly DPIPWE) also explains the rules for keeping tagged rock lobster here.
Not sure how to measure a rock lobster or work out its sex? NRE Tasmania has a useful guide here.
If you catch and report a tagged rock lobster to IMAS during the 2022-23 Tasmanian fishing season, you'll contribute to our research that's helping to keep the fishery sustainable – including the monitoring of lobster growth, population size and movement patterns. Plus you'll go into the draw to win great prizes through our Rock Lobster Tag Lottery!
HOW TO REPORT TAGGED LOBSTER CATCHES:
Record size, sex, catch location and tag number and send the details to IMAS by:
Don’t forget to provide your contact details too!
For every tag you report in the 2022-23 lottery, you'll go into our bi-monthly draw for some great prizes. These include vouchers from BCF Cambridge, Go Dive, Mures and Tamar Marine.
Plus, you'll also go into our annual major prize draw for the chance to win a Drink Tasmania Premium Tour valued at $1,499, or a Pennicott Wilderness Journeys cruise valued at $310!
Dates for the 2022-23 lobster fishing season are available on the NRE Tasmania website.
IMAS thanks our generous sponsors for supporting the 2022-23 Rock Lobster Tag Lottery: