A hand operated lasso also known a cray sneer is defined a a sneer, lasso or noose attached to a length of tubing that is used to take Rock lobster by placing it over the lobster and drawing it tight.
Recreational fishers can use a hand operated lasso to harvest a lobster in all New Zealand from 1 October 2009.
The New Zealand Recreational Fishing Council along with the National Rock Lobster Management Group supported the changes to regulations to allow the user of hand operated lassoes.
Current research suggest properly used lassoes cause fewer injuries to lobster than hand gathering, which in an already permitted method.
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