Calamari closure areas

Areas around Tasmania's coastline are closed seasonally to protect spawning southern calamari when they are most vulnerable. During closure periods, taking or possessing calamari and other squid species is prohibited in closed areas.

Closure dates

The closures apply to both commercial and recreational fisheries.  See either Recreational Fishing Seasons or Commercial Fishing Seasons for current information about closure dates.

East Coast

The East Coast closure area includes all waters south from Lemon Rock (south of Wineglass Bay) to the northern end of Marion Beach (south of Maria Island) and includes Coles Bay, Great Oyster Bay and Mercury Passage.

Calamari and squid closure area East Coast

East Coast calamari and squid closure area

North Coast

Two areas off Tasmania's North Coast are closed during peak calamari spawning periods. Read more about why the closures were put in place.

Central North Coast

The central North Coast closure area covers all State waters from Point Sorell to Stony Head including Port Sorell and kanamaluka/Tamar River.

Calamari and squid closure area Central North Coast

Central North Coast calamari and squid closure area

North West Coast

The North West Coast closure area applies to all State waters from a southern boundary running west from Woolnorth Point, then to the north at longitude 144° 30'E.  The eastern boundary is at Table Cape from a line of longitude 145° 43' 30".


Calamari and squid closure area North West Coast

North West Coast calamari and squid closure area

Contact

Recreational Fishing Enquiries
Recreational Fisheries Section
1 Franklin Wharf
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3233, 1300 720 647
Email: fishing.enquiries@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

Commercial Fishing Enquiries
1 Franklin Wharf
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3000, 1300 368 550
Email: fisheries.licensing@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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