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.

Rock Lobster

Season Closure for Females (Statewide): from 00:01 on Monday 1 May 2017.

September Closure: The area south of Sandy Cape from 41º 29’ 0” South around to  St Helens Point 41º 16’ 30” East will close from 00:01 on 1 September 2017.

October Closure: The remainder of State waters (the area north of Sandy Cape to St Helens Point) will be closed from 00:01 on 1 October 2017.

November Opening 2017
  • The Western Region from Whale Head*** west around to Point Sorell* will open for fishing from 00:01 on 15 November 2017.
  • The Eastern Region from Whale Head*** east around to Point Sorell* will open from 00:01 on 27 November 2017.

*Point Sorell boundary: a line running due north from Point Sorell following a line of longitude 146º 31' 48" East.

**Coal Point (Bruny Island)  boundary: a line running due east from Coal Point following a line of latitude 43º 20’ 00” South.

***Whale head boundary: a line running due south from Whale Head following a line of longitude 146º 52’ 15” East.

(Read public notice)
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 2017 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
North Coast
Two areas on the north coast are closed from 6 October to 22 October 2017 inclusive as follows: 
North west closure: From Woolnorth Point west to Table Cape - see map
Central north closure: From Point Sorell to Stony Head - see map
More information about the northern closure.

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


Wild Fisheries Management
1 Franklin Wharf
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3000, 1300 368 550

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