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Lobster Men claw back onto television screens

THE internationally loved Tasmanian television series ‘Aussie Lobster Men’ has returned to TV screens for a third series this month.

This season of the show will explore the unprecedented and challenging time for Tasmania’s rock lobster industry due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

It will not only show the tales of life at sea, but also the resilience of Tasmanians working in the industry as they navigate the challenges.

One of the stars of the previous seasons, Brendan ‘Squizzy’ Taylor will return in the show’s most challenging season yet.

“We had to adapt pretty quick,” Mr Taylor said.

“It’s very real and it’s real television showing exactly what we were going through every day in these crazy COVID times.

“The lobsters were a lot easier to catch this time, but we just couldn’t sell them to our international markets.

“We just started travelling around the state selling our crays off the back of our boat.”

Mr Taylor said season three was “without a doubt the best season of the show yet.”

“To show the world how Tasmania looks and all the country towns we visited and the wonderful locals who supported us through these difficult times – it’s just awesome.”

Minister for the Arts and local Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer said the season was expected to generate an economic return of more than $260,000 to Tasmania.

“The Tasmanian Government is a proud partner with the Discovery Channel and we have invested $80,000 for season three of the show,” Ms Archer said.

“Our Government has provided $420,000 in funding support for the show since it began, helping to create 42 jobs for Tasmanian filmmakers and resulting in an economic injection of $1.2 million to the State’s economy.

“Winning Post Productions – based in Hobart – and Fredbird Entertainment are to be commended for their quick and creative response to the COVID-19 pandemic to maintain filming of this popular production which showcases Tasmania and our local produce.”

Aussie Lobster Men season three is available to stream or watch on Wednesdays from 8.30pm on the Discovery Channel.

Caption: From left, Minister for the Arts Elise Archer and Aussie Lobster Men series star Brendan “Squizzy” Taylor at Constitution Dock in Hobart.

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