The following fishery management measures are in place to ensure sustainable practices (The Department of Fisheries 2004):
- From 1993-1994 a period of 2.5 months has been set at the start of the open season when a minimum size limit of 77 mm is in place to allow immature lobsters a chance to migrate and mature.
- It is illegal to take mature females when in breeding condition, when carrying eggs or tar spots (sperm packets)
- Pot size and number are regulated, as well as escape gaps (54 mm) to allow immature individuals to escape. Hours when, and depths at which, pots are pulled to the surface are regulated.
- Any new technology that may enhance fishing efforts and increase exploitation (such as underwater video cameras) must be assessed and approved.
The Department of Fisheries staff act as advisers to the Rock Lobster Industry Advisory Committee (RLIAC) and there is close consultation between this body, the Department of Fisheries, the fishing industry and the Minister on the status of the rock lobster fishery. Public submissions are welcomed and considered by the RLIAC (The Department of Fisheries 2004). Continued monitoring will ensure the population of this species is sustained, and prevent over-exploitation.
In 2000, the fishery was awarded the Marine Stewardship Council certificate for operating in an ecologically sustainable way.