Calamari Closure Proposal

​A spawning closure for calamari on the north coast is proposed for two weeks in October 2017.

Southern calamari are currently assessed as sustainable however there is concern that the commercial and recreational catch has significantly increased in the north of the State.

A closure is being considered for both sectors to protect calamari during part of their peak spawning period.

Data from the IMAS north coast calamari research project indicates that spawning starts in early October, peaks in mid/late October and is finished by mid November/early December.

Whether the closure should apply to all squid species, similar to the closure on the east coast, is being considered.

The proposed closure is for all waters from Woolnorth Point east to Musselroe Point. The proposed dates are 6th - 22 October inclusive.  This includes three weekends.

The closure is being considered by the Recreational and Scalefish Fishery Advisory Committees, TSIC and Tasmanian Association for Recreational Fishing.

For further information or to comment, contact Recreational Fisheries at or phone 6165 3034.


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

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