The banded morwong fishery is split into two management areas, the total allowable catch (TAC) area and the non-TAC (undeveloped) area.
There are five assessment regions. Limits or caps can be placed on one or more of these regions if catch and effort becomes concentrated to a point that compromises the sustainability objectives of the fishery, either at a state or regional level.
The TAC Area is defined as state waters (not including the Tamar River, even though it is shaded blue) off the north, east and south coasts of Tasmania within the area bounded in the:
- north by a line of latitude 40˚ 40' South; and
- west (for waters off the north coast) by an imaginary straight line starting at Low Head and running due north; and
- west (for waters off the south coast) by an imaginary straight line starting at Whale Head and running due south.
The TAC area is shaded blue, green and red (as assessment regions 1, 2 and 3 respectively) and the holder of a fishing licence (banded morwong) must hold uncaught quota to fish in these areas.
The non-TAC area is contained in assessment regions 4 and 5 (shaded in yellow) and the holder of a fishing licence (banded morwong) does not require uncaught quota to fish in these areas.