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 abalone

2018

The commercial greenlip abalone fishery in State waters off the north-east and north-west coasts of Tasmania is being closed from 1 January 2018 in the interest of resource sustainability. The closure includes, in the north-west, fishing blocks 48 (excluding 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.

  Public notice north-east and north-west greenlip 2018   (517Kb)      

The commercial greenlip abalone fishery in State waters off the north-east coast of King Island from Cape Wickham to Cumberland Light is being closed from 28 May 2018 until 31 December 2018 inclusive in the interest of resource sustainability. The closure includes sub-blocks 2A, 2B, 2C and 4A only.

  King Island greenlip closure 2A, 2B, 2C and 4A 28 May to 31 Dec 2018   (113Kb)    

The present commercial greenlip abalone fishery closure in State waters off the north-east and north-west coasts of Tasmania is being altered. Blocks 32 and 33 in the area of Clarke Island will open to commercial fishing for greenlip abalone on and from 26 June 2018. The following blocks continue to be closed for commercial greenlip fishing: in the north-west, fishing blocks 48 (excluding sub-block 48A), 49 and 5 and down the west coast, and in the north-east, blocks 31, 39, 40 and down the east coast.

  NE and NW greenlip closure excluding Clarke Island 26 June 2018   (172Kb)

Blacklip abalone

2018

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 2018 until 31 March 2018 inclusive in the interest of resource sustainability. The closure does not include sub-block 31A.

  Public notice east coast blacklip 2018   (425Kb)

The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off the Freycinet Peninsula must be fished at a legal minimum length of 145 mm in 2018. 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.

  Public notice Freycinet blacklip 145 mm 2018   (449Kb)

The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off the north-east coast of Tasmania is being closed from 1 January 2018 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. This fishery will open when the commercial greenlip abalone fishery in the area is opened.

  Public notice north-east blacklip 2018   (479Kb)  

The commercial blacklip abalone fishery in State waters off the north-west coast of Tasmania from Arthur River to Wild Wave River and off the south coast of Tasmania from Whale Head to Prion Beach is being closed from 25 April 2018 until 31 December 2018 inclusive in the interest of resource sustainability. The closure includes sub-blocks 5D, 6A, 6B, 6C, 13A and 13B only.

    Notice sub-blocks 5D, 6A, 6B, 6C, 13A and 13B closed 25 April 2018   (110Kb)

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 biosecurity reasons. To view any such closures in place at present go to:

Harvest Area Status 

Contact

Principal Fisheries Management Officer (Abalone)
Matt Bradshaw
GPO Box 44
HOBART TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3033
Email: matt.bradshaw@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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