Abalone Fishery

​The Tasmanian wild abalone industry is a major contributor to the Tasmanian economy. It is the largest wild abalone fishery in the world, providing around 25% of the annual harvest. The fishery is managed under the provisions of the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995 and the Fisheries (Abalone) Rules 2017. ​

In this Topic

  • Abalone Closures
    Commercial abalone fishing closures for the current fishing year.
  • Abalone Operational Information
    Includes Abalone Harvest Strategy and Fishery Operational Information including total allowable catch, boundaries and size limits.
  • Abalone Catch
    Commercial abalone catch data are reported on annually in the Fishery Assessment Report by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies.
  • Abalone Total Allowable Catch
    Information about the total allowable catch for the abalone fishery in Tasmania, set for each year.
  • Abalone Disease and Biosecurity
    Information on Abalone Viral Ganglioneuritis and biosecurity protocols for protecting Tasmania's abalone.
  • Abalone Industry Reinvestment Fund
    Available funding for projects supporting long spined sea urchin population reduction and increases in abalone stock rates.

For information on the abalone industry including where to purchase abalone, see the Tasmanian Abalone Council website.


Principal Fisheries Management Officer (Dive Fisheries)
Matt Bradshaw
Level 3, 134 Macquarie Street
GPO Box 44
Phone: 0457 097 534
Email: matt.bradshaw@dpipwe.tas.gov.au