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.
The closures apply to both commercial and recreational fisheries. See either
Recreational Fishing Seasons
Commercial Fishing Seasons
for current information about closure dates.
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.
East Coast calamari and squid closure area
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.
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°
North West Coast calamari and squid closure area