Abalone Closures

Sub-block catch caps are used to refine the spatial management of the commercial abalone fishery. 

Fishing effort needs to be distributed across the fishery to reduce the possibility of localised overfishing.

At times, sub-blocks of the commercial abalone fishery are closed to control the total amount of abalone harvested in an area in the interest of resource sustainability.

The below areas are closed as follows:

Greenlip

2017

  • The commercial greenlip abalone fishery in State waters off the north coast of Tasmania is being closed from 1 January 2017 until 30 April 2017 in the interest of resource sustainability. The closure includes, in the north-west, fishing blocks 48 (including sub-block 48A), 49 and 5 and down the west coast, and in the north-east, blocks 31, 32, 33, 39, 40 and down the east coast.

  North-east and north-west greenlip closed 1 Jan to 30 April 2017   (412Kb)

  • The commercial greenlip abalone fishery in State waters off the north-east coast of Tasmania is being closed from 10 May 2017 until 31 December 2017 inclusive as part of arrangements to control the total amount of greenlip abalone harvested in this area in the interest of resource sustainability. This closed area relates to commercial fishing for greenlip abalone in fishing sub-blocks 31A, 31B, 39A, 39B, 40A, 40B and 40C only. 

  North-east greenlip closure 10 May 2017   (505Kb)

 

Blacklip

2017

  • The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off the east coast of Tasmania from Eddystone Point to Whale Head is being closed from 1 January 2017 until 31 March 2017 inclusive in the interest of resource sustainability. The closure does not include sub-block 31A.

  East coast closed 1 Jan to 31 March 2017   (345Kb)

  • The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off the Freycinet Peninsula must be fished at a legal minimum length of 145 mm in 2017. The 145 mm size limit area includes sub-blocks 26B (Coles Bay), 26C, 26D, 27A, 27B, 27C, 27D, 27E and 28A (northern boundary Peggys Point) only.

  Freycinet Peninsula at 145 mm 2017   (351Kb)

  • The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off the north-east coast of Tasmania is being closed from 1 January 2017 to 30 April 2017 inclusive as part of arrangements to control the total amount of blacklip abalone harvested in this area in the interest of resource sustainability. This closed area relates to commercial blacklip abalone fishing in fishing sub-blocks 31B, 39A, 39B, 40A, 40B and 40C only.

  North-east blacklip closed 1 Jan to 30 April 2017   (416Kb)

  • State waters off Albatross Island in sub-block 49D only and in State waters off the north-west coast of Tasmania in sub-blocks 5A, 5B and 5C only are closed to commercial blacklip abalone fishing from 29 March 2017 to 31 December 2017 inclusive.

    Albatross Island and block 5 closures 29 March to 31 December   (895Kb)

 

The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off the north-east coast of Tasmania in sub-blocks 31B, 39A, 39B, 40A, 40B and 40C only is closed from 16 June 2017 to 31 December 2017 inclusive as part of arrangements to control the total amount of abalone harvested in that area in the interest of resource sustainability.

  North-east blacklip closure 16 June 2017 to 31 December 2017   (502Kb)

 

If you have any queries regarding these closures, please contact Matt Bradshaw using the details below.

Biosecurity closures

Please be aware that sub-blocks in the fishery may be closed to fishing for reason of biosecurity. To view any such closures in place at present go to:

Harvest Area Status 

Contact

Principal Fisheries Management Officer (Abalone)
Matt Bradshaw
1 Franklin Wharf
HOBART TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 3033
Email: matt.bradshaw@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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