Mackerel Fishery

​​Total allowable catch

2024/25 Season (tonnes)​
​Blue Mackerel
​Jack Mackerel


Blue Mackerel (Scomber australasicus), Jack Mackerel (Trachurus declivis) and Redbait (Emmelic​hthys nitidus) are shared stocks with the Commonwealth Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF) managed by the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA). The Small Pelagic Fishery is a purse seine and mid-water trawl fishery that operates in C​ommonwealth waters (from 3 to 200 nautical miles) from southern Queensland to south-western Western Australia, including Tasmania. 

The Jack Mackerel fishery in Tasmanian started in the early 1970s with the highest catch at around 6,300 tonnes in 1973. 

By 2000, fishers were struggling to find surface schools in state waters and the industry began mid-water trawling (also for redbait) in Commonwealth waters. 

Blue and jack mackerel

Managing the fishery 

The Tasmanian Mackerel Fishery consists of one licence authorised to targeted three species in state waters. The Fisheries (Mackerel) Rules 2019 ​provides the legislative framework for this fishery. 


The Commonwealth Small Pelagic Fishery Harvest Strategy guides the setting of the Commonwealth TAC using a rigorous assessment process for each species. The Mackerel Fishery TACs are set as a portion of the SPF TACs to limit catches in Tasmanian State waters, within the global catch limits set by AFMA. The current TACs were set for the 2022/23, 2023/24 and 2024/25 seasons.​ Go to the Public Notices page to view current season TAC notice. 

As the Mackerel Fishery operates in waters along the east coast of Tasmania, the TACs relevant to species in the fishery are based on the eastern stocks. ​​

More information 

Tasmanian Scalefish Fishery Assessment 2020/21

​​2017-18 Survey of Recreational Fishing in Tasma​​nia


    Commercial Scalefish Management​
    Level 3, 134 Macquarie Street
    GPO Box 44
    HOBART TAS 7001
    Phone: 0475 635 841


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    Contact us

    Recreational Fishing

    Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

    Hobart TAS 7000

    Phone: (03) 6165 3233, 1300 720 647


    Commercial Fisheries

    Level 3, 134 Macquarie St

    GPO Box 44

    Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550


    Commercial Fisheries Licensing

    Level 1, 134 Macquarie St

    GPO Box 44

    Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550