Harvest Strategies

​​What is a harvest strategy?

Harvest strategies are frameworks for sustainable fisheries management. They establish clear guidelines for management actions that are to occur in response to changes in the fishery to achieve agreed ecological, social and economic objectives.

A harvest strategy brings together key scientific monitoring, assessment and management components applicable to all sectors of the fishery (commercial, recreational and Aboriginal cultural fishing) into a single framework to allow for a holistic management approach.

The role of harvest strategies

Harvest strategies represent best-practice fisheries management. Having clearly defined management actions improves certainty and transparency for fishers and stakeholders and avoids ad-hoc governance. 

A harvest strategy has several advantages:

  • It allows fisheries managers and fishers to operate with greater confidence and efficiency; and
  • It allows for better business planning by commercial fishers, as the fishery management responses to various levels of fishery performance are documented and more predictable.

Current harvest strategies

Harvest strategies for Tasmanian wild fisheries are consistent with the National Guidelines to Develop Fishery Harvest Strategies.​

Abalone Harvest Strategy 

East Coast Stock Rebuilding Strategy

  • Harvest Strategy Policy
    The Harvest Strategy Policy for Tasmanian Wild Fisheries and Implementation Guidelines for the Harvest Strategy Policy for Tasmanian Wild Fisheries.
  • Abalone Harvest Strategy
    The Abalone Harvest Strategy identifies fishery management objectives to ensure abalone are sustainably harvested.
  • Rock Lobster Harvest Strategy
    The Government is currently developing a harvest strategy for the Rock Lobster fishery. It will provide a clear framework for ongoing management of the rock lobster fishery to achieve set sustainability and stakeholder objectives.


Wild Fisheries Management Branch
Level 3, 134 Macquarie Street
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3000, 1300 368 550
Email: fishing.enquiries@nre.tas.gov.au


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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 1, 134 Macquarie St

GPO Box 44

Phone: (03) 6165 3000, 1300 368 550

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