Rock Lobster Biomass Assessment

Biomass Assessment

Biomass estimates from the 2018/19 assessment model as a percentage of the estimated level of the stock prior to the commencement of the fishery (an unfished population) in each of the 8 assessment areas.

Biomass estimates from the 2019/20 assessment model compared to the estimated level of the stock prior to the commencement of the fishery (an unfished population) in each of the 8 assessment areas.

Regional biomass varies, and areas respond differently to the current level of TACC (100 kg/pot) with some rebuilding more rapidly. Areas 8 to 11 remain well above the limit reference point, and the biomass in areas 4, 6 and 7 is just on the limit point. The remaining areas are responding to the regional management measures that have been / will be put in place and will meet the limit reference point by 2023.

Juvenile lobsters.