Giant Freshwater Lobster Project

Improving waterway habitat quality and connectivity within priority stream reaches of the Brid, Pipers and Boobyalla catchments to promote the expansion and recovery of Giant Freshwater Lobster (Astacopsis gouldi) populations in north-eastern Tasmania.

Giant Freshwater Lobster Project focus area
The project will focus on key habitat areas in the Brid, Pipers and Boobyalla catchments.

Focus

The Giant Freshwater Lobster Project will focus on engaging landholders in priority stream reaches to undertake on-ground waterway restoration works and raise awareness of the threats and needs of the Giant Freshwater Lobster. A citizen science monitoring program will be established to collect data to improve knowledge about the species and where to focus investment.

Value

The Giant Tasmanian Freshwater Lobster (Astacopsis gouldi; also called Giant Freshwater Crayfish) is the world’s largest freshwater crustacean and is only found in rivers, lakes and streams in northern Tasmania, with the exception of the Tamar catchment. The species is listed as vulnerable under both the Environment Protection and Conservation Act 1999 and the Threatened Species Protection Act 1995; it is listed as endangered under the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and is culturally significant to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community. Threats to the Giant Freshwater Lobster include habitat disturbance or loss, sedimentation of waterways, illegal fishing pressure, drought and climate change. Any form of land clearing or habitat disturbance that results in increased sedimentation of waterways, including in-stream erosion, bank destabilization, slope run-off and clearing in upstream reaches of catchments supporting Giant Freshwater Lobster populations present high risks, particularly for juveniles.

Adult Giant Freshwater Lobster
Giant Freshwater Lobster adult. Photo Credit Robert Masterman
Giant Freshwater Lobster training session
Giant Freshwater Lobster training session in Lilydale.

Delivery

The Giant Freshwater Lobster Project will:

  • establish a citizen science program and train members to undertake habitat and water quality surveys;
  • establish baseline fauna and habitat condition data within priority reaches of the Brid, Pipers and Boobyalla catchments;
  • increase the knowledge and awareness of landowners and the community about Giant Freshwater Lobster and threats to the species; and
  • improve contiguous riparian habitat quality and connectivity within priority stream reaches of the Brid, Pipers and Boobyalla catchments.

Partners

This project is supported by NRM North, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

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Partners

This project is supported by NRM North, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

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