The calamari fishery is facing increased fishing pressure from both the recreational and commercial sectors and is impacted by changing environmental conditions. Calamari stocks have been assessed as depleting for the past four years by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and so now require new management controls.
A discussion paper putting forward possible management options to meet stock sustainability targets was released in October 2021. Commercial and recreational fishers and the broader community completed the surveys on the options proposed.
The options for possible changes include:
introducing limited licences to the commercial fishery, and
reducing catch limits for recreational fishers.
This was an
informal feedback stage to gain early involvement from the broader fishing community.
2021 Non-statutory Public Consultation of Management Options
Consultation paper - Tasmanian Calamari Fishery - Managing Stocks for Sustainability
Public consultation responses - Tasmanian Calamari Fishery - Summary of Responses Report