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 multiple years by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and require new management controls.
2023 Scalefish Rules Review
Recreational and commercial calamari management changes were initially proposed as part of the 2023 Scalefish Rules Review. However, the proposed changes were withdrawn following Round One of consultation in recognition that the complexity of this unique fishery required further analyses and consultation on potential measures.
Further consultation on calamari management arrangements will be undertaken in early 2024. An extended spawning closure was implemented for the North Coast to provide protection for stock in this area in the interim.
For more information, see Scalefish Rules Review.
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