Various types of pots: batten, beehive (cane) and other pots (such as moulded plastic pots), can be used. Before using pots, check that they conform to standards set out in the Fish Resources Management Regulations 1995.
See our Recreational fishing for rock lobster guide for details.
These must be fitted to every pot rope. They must be at least 15 cm in diameter and stamped or branded with the licence holder’s gear ID number, with lettering 6 cm high and at least 1 cm wide.
To help prevent pot theft and illegal pot pulling, and to help us identify lost or stolen pots, we encourage fishers to engrave their gear identification number into their own pots – if possible, on the frame and on the end where the hauling ropes are attached.
You may only have two floats attached to your pot at any time, regardless of the length of the rope you are fishing with or if you are pot sharing.
Pot sharing arrangements
You are not permitted to pull or set another person’s pot unless that person is onboard the boat. This includes for the purpose of rebaiting.
You are permitted to share pots, but each fisher must have their own float with their issued personal gear identification marked on it. No more than 2 floats at any time, each with only one gear identification number may be attached.
The use of pool noodles is not permitted.
When more than 20 m of rope length (combined pot line and float rig) is attached to a pot, fishers must ensure that the top half of the pot line rope is hung vertically in the water column (see our Recreational fishing for rock lobster guide for details).
This applies to recreational fishers from 1 April to 31 October in any year.
Reducing the amount of rope on the surface of the water will minimise the risk of gear entanglements with migrating humpback whales during the winter months and will reduce the loss of fishing gear from entanglement with other fishing boats.
Suggested methods for hanging pot rope vertically in the water column:
- Attach a weight to the rope, half way down the pot line or;
- Replace the top half of the pot line rope with negatively buoyant rope.
Ways to safely and efficiently weight the rope:
- Attach a ‘shark clip’ to a snapper sinker and attach to the pot line rope.
- Attach (splice) a small piece of rope with sinkers attached, into the main pot line rope
It is recommended that fishers use at least a 16 ounce (~450 gram) weight to ensure the rope remains vertical in the water column.
Coiling and tying up excess rope on the surface of the water is called ‘dog boning’ and is permitted although not encouraged due to the risk of rope coming undone or lengthening if not secured correctly.
Fishers must ensure the dog bone or coiled rope is held securely - any dog bone or rope coil that comes undone may result in the rope in the combined pot and float line rope
exceeding 20 m in length.
Sea lion exclusion devices (SLEDs)
Fishers who use lobster pots between 30°51.06'S, 115°10.32'E (south of Wedge Island) and Freshwater Point, south of Dongara, are required to fit SLEDs to their pots to prevent sea lion pups being caught.
SLEDs are also mandatory in two areas of the Abrolhos Islands – the Pelsaert and Easter groups of islands.
See our Sea Lion Exclusion Devices brochure for details.