Commercial Fishing Seasons

Fish illustration by Peter GouldthorpeFisheries may be closed at spawning times to protect breeding stock or to limit the catch for a fishery. They may also be closed for public health reasons - see Biotoxin Fishery Events. If not listed, no commercial season applies.

For changes to published fishing seasons, check public notices in Tasmanian newspapers, follow the Fisheries Tasmania Facebook page or call the Department switchboard on 1300 368 550.

SpeciesSeason
Rock Lobster

Female- 1 May 2018 for all State water

Male- 1 September 2018 all waters south of St Helens Pt around to Sandy Cape (41° 29' South) 

Male- 1 October 2018 all other State waters.

2018 Open season dates to be advised.               

Garfish
Southern waters are closed to fishing from 15 November 2017 to 14 December 2017 inclusive and Northern waters are closed from 15 January 2018 and 14 February 2018 inclusive. Northern and southern waters are delineated by a line following the north coast of Tasmania, joined and bounded in the west by a line of latitude through Cape Grim and in the east by a line of latitude through Cape Naturaliste.
Giant Crab
Males - Open all year round.
Females - from 15 November in a year to 31 May the following year inclusive.
Banded Morwong Closed to fishing from 1 March to 30 April inclusive each year.
Scallops The 2018 commercial scallop season is currently closed.  See the Commercial Scallop Fishery pages for more information.
Striped Trumpeter
Striped trumpeter are closed to fishing from 1 September to 31 October inclusive each year.
Squid / 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
Tasmania's north coast will be closed from 1 - 31 October 2018 inclusive - see map.   More information about the northern closure​.
Abalone Open all year round although a cap exists in many zones in this fishery. See current zone closures on the Abalone Closures webpage.
Octopus Open all year round.
See also:
Recreational Fishing Seasons

Contact

Wild Fisheries Management
1 Franklin Wharf
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3000, 1300 368 550
Email: fishing.enquiries@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

Back Home