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 2009.

Comments invited in relation to draft harvest strategy for the Tasmanian abalone fishery, and invitation to size limit workshop

Comment is invited on the first formal Tasmanian abalone harvest strategy, which is presently in draft.

  Draft Abalone Fishery Harvest Strategy - 27 August 2018   (1Mb)

The draft has been developed by the Department in consultation with key stakeholders. The harvest strategy would run until 2020, in which year it would be reviewed.

The period during which written comments may be made regarding the draft harvest strategy is from 27 August 2018 to 28 September 2018 inclusive.

Comments may be sent to:

Matt Bradshaw
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
GPO Box 44
HOBART   TAS   7001

E-mail: Matt.Bradshaw@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

If submitting comment, please state whether you would like it to be de-identified.

One of the central planks in the draft harvest strategy is size limit setting. In short, what is proposed is moving from a two year rule to a three year rule regarding abalone spawning before entering the fishable biomass.

The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) is holding a workshop regarding this proposed change on 4 September 2018 at its Taroona facilities commencing at 9:30 am and finishing at 3:00 pm. Anyone interested in attending is welcome. Please RSVP to Dr Craig Mundy for purpose of catering for lunch (Craig.Mundy@utas.edu.au).

​For further information please telephone Matt Bradshaw, Wild Fisheries Management Branch, on (03) 6165 3033.

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.

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