Abalone Closures

​​​​​​​​​Fishery Closures​​​​​​​​​​​​

Greenlip abalone 

​Sub-block catch caps are used to refine spatial management of the commercial abalone fishery. 

Fishing effort needs to be distributed across the fishery to reduce the possibility of localised overfishing.

At times, sub-blocks of the commercial abalone fishery are closed to control the total amount of abalone harvested in an area in the interest of resource sustainability. ​


Go to Public Notices​ page to view all current abalone fishery notices. ​

2024 Scheduled Closures

​Closure Area​Closure Start​Closure End
Blacklip abalone​East Coast C​losure
1 January 202431 March 2024
East Coast No Commercial Blacklip Fishing Areas
1 January 2024​31 December 2024
Sub-blocks 31B, 39A and 39B
1 January 2024​30 June 2024
North West
1 January 2024​30 April 2024
Greenlip AbaloneNorth West
1 January 202430 April 2024
Sub-blocks 31A, 31B, 39A and 39B (150mm)
​1 July 2024
​31 December 2024
Sub-blocks 31A, 31B, 39A and 39B1 January 202430 June 2024


2024 Within Year Closures

Closure Area
Closure Start
Closure End
Blacklip Abalone
Sub-blocks 12A, 12B, 12D, 13A and 13B
​9 February 2024
​31 December 2024

Sub-blocks 48B, 48C, 49A, 49B and 49C​
​13 May 2024
​31 December 2024


​If you have any queries regarding these closures, please contact the Principal Fisheries Management Officer (Abalone) using the details below.​

Biosecurity closures

Sub-blocks in the fishery may be closed to fishing for biosecuri​ty reasons. To view any such closures in place at present see Harvest Area Status.​

Public notices​

 Commercial blacklip abalone closure sub-blocks 48B, 48C, 49A, 49B and 49C 13 May 2024 to 31 December 2024 

 Sub-blocks 12A, 12B, 12D, 13A and 13B commercial blacklip abalone closure 9 February 2024 to 31 December 2024

 East Coast commercial blacklip abalone closure 1 January 2024 to 31 March 2024

 East Coast no commercial blacklip abalone fishing areas 2024

 North West commercial blacklip abalone closure 1 January 2024 to 30 April 2024

 Sub-blocks 31B, 39A and 39B commercial blacklip abalone closure 1 January 2024 to 30 June 2024

 North West commercial greenlip abalone closure 1 January 2024 to 30 April 2024

 Sub-blocks 31A, 31B, 39A and 39B commercial greenlip abalone 150mm 1 July 2024 to 31 December 2024

 Sub-blocks 31A, 31B, 39A and 39B commercial greenlip abalone closure 1 January 2024 to 30 June 2024 


    Contact

    Commercial Abalone Management
    Level 3, 134 Macquarie Street
    GPO Box 44
    HOBART TAS 7001
    Phone: 0457 097 534
    Email: commercial.fisheries@nre.tas.gov.au

    Hotline

    Fishwatch Report illegal fishing

    0427 655 557

    What to report? arrow button

    Contact us

    Recreational Fishing

    Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

    Hobart TAS 7000

    Phone: (03) 6165 3233, 1300 720 647

    Email: fishing.enquiries@nre.tas.gov.au

    Commercial Fisheries

    Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

    GPO Box 44

    Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550

    Email: commercial.fisheries@nre.tas.gov.au

    Commercial Fisheries Licensing

    Level 1, 134 Macquarie St

    GPO Box 44

    Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550

    Email: fishing.licensing@nre.tas.gov.au