Australian Southern Rock Lobster, sustainably harvested from the cool, clean waters of the Southern Ocean and internationally recognised as the finest seafood in the world.

Established in 2004, Southern Rocklobster Limited (SRL), is a company limited by guarantee serving as the national peak body working to further the interests of the Australian Southern Rock Lobster Industry.

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Commercial Southern Rock Lobster fisheries contribute around $250 million in landed seafood value to the Australian economy each year.  Professional Rock Lobster Fishers across South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria operate licenses, vessels, pots and harvest infrastructure with an estimated capital value of $2.3 billion, landing over 3,000 tonnes of premium Southern Rock Lobster annually.

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SRL's members are the South Australian Rock Lobster Advisory Council Inc (SARLAC), the Tasmanian Rock Lobster Fishermen's Association (TRLFA), the Victorian Rock Lobster Association (VRLA) and the Australian Southern Rock Lobster Exporters Association (ARLEA).

South Australian Rock Lobster Advisory Council Inc (SARLAC)  Tasmanian Rock Lobster Fishermen's Association (TRLFA)  Victorian Rock Lobster Association (VRLA)  Australian Southern Rock Lobster Exporters Association (ARLEA)

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Research & Development

SRL’s primary function is to facilitate a process to guide expenditure of Research and Development (R&D) levy funds independently collected from industry by State Government agencies and leveraged via the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC). Accordingly, the FRDC is a key SRL partner with strategically aligned R&D priorities and objectives. Further information in relation to the FRDC can be found here with additional information regarding the Industry Partnership Agreement (IPA) in place between SRL and the FRDC available here.

SRL also works to attract and secure other R&D funding sources outside of the FRDC process. 

SRL Strategy 2022

Five strategic goals

SRL guides all industry R&D expenditure for this valuable fishery sector and, over the next five-year planning horizon, is working to deliver against  the five strategic goals identified in the ‘SRL Strategy 2022’.

  1. Secure access to a sustainable resource, which is harvested efficiently and safely in collaboration with other fishery users. 
  2. Community engagement with, and acceptance of, Southern Rock Lobster fisheries and policies.    
  3. Discerning seafood consumers prefer SRL’s offer, in Australia and overseas.    
  4. An SRL that is engaged and influential in industry, communities and government.
  5. Professional people and strong governance.