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: Fishing Zones, Size Limits, Fishing in the Northern and Bass Strait Zones, Research Areas, Processors, Margin for Error, Share Diving, Sustainable Catch Targets, GPS and Depth Loggers.
  • Abalone Catch
    Commercial abalone catch data are reported annually in the Fishery Assessment Report produced 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.
  • Review of Abalone Dive Rates
    Report by Knuckey and Sen (2017) into commercial abalone dive rates in Tasmania.
  • Abalone Industry Reinvestment Fund
    Calling for expressions of interest for 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 (Abalone)
Matt Bradshaw
GPO Box 44
Phone: 03 6165 3033
Email: matt.bradshaw@dpipwe.tas.gov.au