Abalone Closures

​​​​​​​​Fishery Closures​​​​​​​​​​​​

Greenlip abalone 

​Sub-block catch caps are used to refine the 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. ​

2023 Scheduled Closures


​Closure Area
​Closure Start
​Closure End
​​​Blacklip abalone​


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Block 5 and Sub-blocks 6A, 6B and 6C
​1 January 2023
30 April 2023​
​Block 16 and Peggys Point to Cape Pillar
​1 January 2023
31 December 2023​
​East Coast
​1 January 2023
31 March 2023​
Sub-blocks 31B, 39A and 39B
​1 January 2023
2 July 2023​
​​Greenlip Abalone


​North-west
​1 January 2023
30 April 2023​
Sub-blocks 31A, 31B, 39A and 39B
​1 January 2023
2 July 2023​
​Sub-blocks 31A, 31B, 39A and 39B 
(less then 150mm)

​3 July 2023
31 December 2023​


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

Biosecurity closures

Please be aware that sub-blocks in the fishery may be closed to fishing for biosecurity reasons. To view any such closures in place at present see Harvest Area Status.​

Public notices​

 Commercial blacklip abalone closure block 5 and sub-blocks 6A, 6B and 6C 1 January 2023 to 30 April 2023 (PDF 72Kb)​

 Commercial blacklip abalone closure block 16 and Peggys Pt to Cape Pillar 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2023 (PDF 74Kb)

 Commercial blacklip abalone closure east coast 1 January 2023 to 31 March 2023 (PDF 71Kb)

 Commercial blacklip abalone closure sub-blocks 31B, 39A and 39B 1 January 2023 to 2 July 2023 (PDF 72Kb)

 Commercial greenlip abalone closure north-west 1 January 2023 to 30 April 2023 (PDF 74Kb)

 Commercial greenlip abalone closure sub-blocks 31A, 31B, 39A and 39B 1 January 2023 to 2 July 2023 (PDF 72Kb)

 Commercial greenlip abalone closure sub-blocks 31A, 31B, 39A and 39B 3 July 2023 to 31 Dec 2023 less than 150 mm (PDF 72Kb)​


    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

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    0427 655 557

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    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 3, 134 Macquarie St

    GPO Box 44

    Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550

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