Fishing Seasons

​​Fisheries may be closed at spawning times to protect breeding stock, to limit the catch for a fishery or for public health reasons. If not listed, no season applies

​Species ​Recreational Seasons
​Commercial Seasons
​​Rock Lobster​
(crayfish)

​OPEN

Waters outside theEast Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone
- Open from Saturday, 5 November 2022.
East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone
- Open from Saturday, 3 December 2022.

Information about transiting between seasonally closed waters.

CLOSED
Eastern Region (including ECSRZ)
- Closed from Monday, 1 May 2023.
Western Region (Females)
- Closed from Monday 1 May 2023.
Western Region (Males)
- Closed from Friday 1 September 2023.

2​022/23 SEASON OPEN

Waters outside the East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone
- Open from Tuesday, 15 November 2022.

East Coast Stock Rebuilding Zone
- Open from Tuesday, 6 December 2022.​

2023 - SEASON CLOSURE

Female - closed from Monday, 1​ May 2023 for all State waters.

Male - closed from Friday, 1 September 2023 all waters south of St Helens Pt around to Sandy Cape (41° 29').

Male - closed from Sunday, 1 October 2023 all other State waters.

Squid and Calamari
Spawning Closures

​East Coast

Upper south east coast waters including Great Oyster Bay and Mercury Passage from 15 October to 14 November inclusive each year.​

 

North Coast

2021From Cape Grim east to Cape Naturaliste will be closed from 1 - 31 October 2021 inclusive​.

​​East Coast

Upper south east coast waters including Great Oyster Bay and Mercury Passage from 15 October to 14 November inclusive each year.​

 

North Coast

2021From Cape Grim east to Cape Naturaliste will be closed from 1 - 31 October 2021 inclusive​.

​​Scallops

​2022: Open from 9 April to 31 July 2022.
The D'Entrecasteaux Channel is closed.

​Open 24 June 2022

Closed 31 December 2022

​​Striped Trumpeter

​Closed from 1 September to 31 October inclusive each year.

​Closed from 1 September to 31 October inclusive each year.

​​Garfish​​Open all year round.

​Northern Waters

From Cape Grim east to Cape Naturaliste closed to fishing from 15 January to 14 February inclusive in 2021 and 2022. 

​Southern Waters

All other waters from Cape Grim south and around to Cape Naturaliste. Closed to fishing from 15 November to 14 December inclusive​ in 2021.

​ ​Giant Crab​​Same as Rock lobster season.

​Males - Open all year round.

Females - from 15 November in a year to 31 May the following year inclusive.

Banded Morwong​​​Closed from 1 March to 30 April inclusive each year.

​ ​Closed from 1 March to 30 April inclusive each year.

Abalon​e

​​​Open all year round​.

​Open all year round although a cap exists in many zones in this fishery. See current zone closures on the Abalone Closures webpage.


See Inland Fisheries for inland fishing seasons.



    Contact

    Recreational Fishing Enquiries
    Level 3, 134 Macquarie St
    Hobart TAS 7000
    Phone: 03 6165 3233, 1300 720 647
    Email: fishing.enquiries@nre.tas.gov.au

    Hotline

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    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