Scallop Fishery

​​​​​​​​​​​Status: OPEN​ from 24 June 2022​​​​​​

Find more information about the lastest scallop season on the Commercial Scallop Season page

Overvi​ew 

The Tasmanian scallop fishery targets the commercial scallop (Pecten fumatus), one of three species naturally occurring in Tasmania. Scallops are harvested commercial utilising a benthic scallop dredge, which is towed along the sea floor and scoops scallops into the dredge.

Commercial scallop fishing

Managing ​​the fishery 

The Tasmanian scallop fishery is managed under the provisions of the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995 and Fisheries (Scallop) Rules 2020.

The fishery is managed by individual transferable quotas (ITQ) as well as several input controls. It utilises a spatial approach to stock management referred to as a “paddock" fishing strategy, whereby all State waters are closed to fishing, except certain areas (paddocks) that meet certain opening criteria. This limits the impacts of scallop dredging to the smallest area possible.

A scallop dredge can't be deployed in waters less than 20 metres deep, which creates spatial separation between the recreational scallop fishery where diving is in shallower waters, and the commercial fishery.

Each year the scallop fishery undergoes a process of scallop surveys, comprising exploratory surveys where scallop fishers search for viable commercial scallop beds.  Once a viable scallop bed or area is identified it undergoes targeted surveys to collect information such scallop size frequency, scallop density and biomass. Recommendations whether to open areas or not are based on this information.

Area

The Tasmanian scallop fishery extends to 200 nautical miles from the Tasmanian coast, with the exception of Bass Strait, where its jurisdiction covers 3-20 nautical miles offshore, see map below.


The area of State waters for the scallop fishery provided by the offshore constitutional settlement.

The area of State waters for the scallop fishery provided by the offshore constitutional settlement.​


Contact

Commercial Scallop Management
Level 3, 134 Macquar​ie St
HOBART TAS 7000
Phone: 0457 005 376
Email: commercial.fisheries@nre.tas.gov.au

Hotline

Fishwatch Report illegal fishing

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