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.
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
In 2018, Tasmania's North Coast (see map below) will be closed during peak calamari spawning periods.
Read more about why the closures were put in place. The North Coast closure area includes all waters:
- Bounded in the west by an imaginary line starting at Cape Grim and then running due west along the line of latitude at 40° 40'S to the limit of State waters; and
- Bounded in the north by the limit of State waters; and
- Bounded in the east by an imaginary line starting at Cape Naturaliste and then running due east along the line of latitude at 40° 50'S to the limit of State waters.
North Coast calamari and squid closure area