Bumper commercial scallop season underway

Tasmania's commercial scallop fishery has now been open in State waters for over a month in two areas, on the lower East Coast and the North West Coast.

The scallop fishery uses a spatial 'paddock-style' approach to managing stocks, where all areas are closed except certain 'paddocks' that meet the opening criteria.

It was determined scallops in the designated fishery areas met the opening criteria for commercial fishing after surveys were completed by the Department of Natural Resource and Environment Tasmania in partnership with IMAS and the scallop fishery industry.

The areas are the lower East Coast from Schouten Island to Tasman Island, and the North West coast between Point Sorell west to Bluff Hill Point near Arthur River. 

In line with the survey results, both areas exclude scallop dredging in waters less than 20 metres deep and set aside a spawning biomass closure area containing at least 1,000 tonnes of scallops to retain spawning biomass. Further details are available on our website.

The commercial scallop fishery is open until 31 December 2022.  Tasmania scallops can be purchased from all good seafood retailers. 

Published on: 8/15/2022


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