Recreational Fishing Seasons

Fisheries 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 recreational season applies.

For changes to published fishing seasons, check public notices in Tasmanian newspapers, follow the Fisheries Tasmania Facebook page or download the Tas Fish Guide app.  You can also phone Recreational Fishing Enquiries on 1300 720 647. 

Rock Lobster and Giant Crab

Western Region
Females - open from 5 November 2016 to 30 April 2017.
Males - open from 5 November 2016 to 31 August 2017.
Eastern Region
Open from 19 November 2016 to 30 April 2017.

2017/18 Season
Western Region
Females - open from 4 November 2017 to 30 April 2018.
Males - open from 4 November 2017 to 31 August 2018.
Eastern Region
Open from 18 November 2017 to 30 April 2018.

Squid / CalamariSeasonal closures apply for squid, including southern calamari, in upper south east coast waters including Great Oyster Bay and Mercury Passage from 15 October to 14 November inclusive each year.
Striped TrumpeterClosed from 1 September to 31 October inclusive each year.
ScallopsOpen to fishing from the Saturday before Easter, 8 April 2017 to 31 July 2017 inclusive. The D'Entrecasteaux Channel is closed to scallop fishing until further notice to protect scallop stocks. See the scallop page for more information.
Banded Morwong
Closed from 1 March to 30 April inclusive each year.
AbaloneOpen all year round.
OctopusOpen to fishing all year round.
See also:
Commercial Fishing Seasons
See Inland Fisheries for inland fishing seasons.


Recreational Fishing Enquiries
Recreational Fisheries Section
1 Franklin Wharf
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6165 3233, 1300 720 647

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