Formal management arrangements were introduced in March 2007 for the commercial shellfish fishery, which includes venerupis clams, katelysia cockles, native oysters (Ostrea angasi) and wild Pacific oysters.
The management plan for the commercial fishery is both species and area specific due to the high level of variability associated with each population in size, age at maturity, growth rates and other resource users from area to area. The current management plan - Fisheries (Shellfish) Rules 2007 expire in March 2017. The draft Shellfish Management Plan 2017 is now available for public comment.
The commercial venerupis clam fishery currently only allows for three licences all operating in Georges Bay.
The native oyster (Angasi) fishery is also restricted to Georges Bay and is limited to two licences.
Katelysia cockles are limited to Ansons Bay with the number of licences restricted to four.
The total allowable catch for these species is determined by stock surveys undertaken every second year.
There is no cap on the number of wild Pacific oyster licences that may be issued but as for the take of all bivalves for commercial fisheries, operators are bound by the requirements of the Tasmanian Shellfish Quality Assurance Program (TSQAP) and are liable to pay the associated fees.
More details on the fishery are available in the Shellfish Fishery Policy:
Shellfish Fishery Policy Document (1.47 MB)