2017 Trans Tasman Rock Lobster Congress

Thursday February 8, 2018

The Trans-Tasman Rock Lobster Congress was held from 23rd to 25th September, at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart. Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgeman opened the Congress that saw nearly 300 delegates attend over the two days.

The topics up for presentation and discussion ranged from State rock lobster updates, trade and marketing, research and technology and the latest from New Zealand.

The final session of the Congress was an “Expert Panel” assembled by Colin Buxton (SRL Chairman) who posed the Congress theme – “Are we on course?”.

A variety of subjects were discussed between the panel and audience with the outcome that generally most fisheries were “on course”. There are some fisheries ahead of the game in some areas and others leading the field in others. 

The challenge is for the spirit of co-operation that was a large part of this Congress to manifest; to deliver tangible outcomes for the whole rock lobster fishery. We are only at the beginning of this process, with exporter groups from both sides of the Tasman meeting to discuss generic marketing strategies and fishing representative bodies being part of those discussions.

An air of optimism and opportunity has emanated from this Congress, the outcomes will be measured at the next Congress in Queenstown, New Zealand in 2019.